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From Mark Eggers <>
Subject [OT] Cannot cleanly undeploy a web application
Date Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:43:45 GMT

Off topic, so I'm going to be burning a little karma (OK, a lot).


Window 7 64 bit
JRE 1.7.0_25
Tomcat 7.0.42 (with tcnative) run from startup.bat

I have a web application that scans for a resource path using:


It then wanders through the resources, checking the protocol for each 
URL in the returned enumeration.

Based on the protocol, the URL is scanned for desired information and 
the names of those resources are collected.

For a JAR file, I use the following code (don't shoot me - I'm an admin 
/ architect, not a developer).

public ArrayList<String> getResources(String resourcePath,
                                       String ending) {
     JarURLConnection urlCon = null;
     Pattern p =
         Pattern.compile("^" + resourcePath + "/.+(" + ending + ")$");
     try {
         urlCon = (JarURLConnection) url.openConnection();
         JarFile jar = urlCon.getJarFile();
         Enumeration<JarEntry> je = jar.entries();
         while (je.hasMoreElements()) {
             String entry = je.nextElement().getName();
             if (log.isDebugEnabled()) {
                 log.debug("JAR entry: " + entry);
             Matcher m = p.matcher(entry);
             if (m.matches()) {
     } catch (IOException ex) {
         resources.add("Could not open resource");
         if (log.isErrorEnabled()) {
             log.error("Could not open resource",ex);
     } finally {
         if (null != urlCon) {
             urlCon = null;
     return this.resources;



is used to obtain the resources, process them, and stuff them into a 
HashMap managed by a singleton.

This is all done via a servlet context listener, and the HashMap is 
emptied in the listener's contextDestroyed method.

On Linux, this all works well. I can deploy and undeploy with abandon. 
The Tomcat manager reports no leaks.

On Windows, I cannot cleanly undeploy. The JAR files containing the 
resourcePath (and hence the resources) remain in

However, once even a minor garbage collection occurs I can then cleanly 
undeploy the web application.

I have several solutions:

1. context.xml antiResourceLocking="true"

This works, but there are a lot of downsides ( noted in the 
documentation). This also indicates that an underlying InputStream is 
being held open when parsing the JAR file. The solution is also Tomcat - 

2. Never package the desired resources in a JAR

This works, but developers may balk. Also, the path to the desired 
resources must be unique, otherwise you could still trigger loading from 
a JAR (although I could just not handle JAR scanning).

3. Copy the JAR file to, extract, and read

This is ugly, but might work. It would impact the application start up 
time even more, but the JAR scanning issue would no longer exist. I 
think Glassfish does this.

4. Use a properties file

Read in a properties file with a list of desired resources, and use that 
list to populate the singleton. This is actually what I had in place 
before, but this then requires developers to manage both the resources 
and the list.

This solution also makes developing a modular, platform-independent 
build system more difficult (it can be done, just creates an extra step 
using Maven). Right now the build is a convoluted Ant script that 
requires a specific environment. I'm trying to get away from that.

5. Do this right

How, I'm not exactly sure. Hence, the question.


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