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gc() method can generate endless loop #21

kmoens opened this Issue Sep 8, 2014 · 0 comments


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kmoens commented Sep 8, 2014


The leak preventor contains a method gc()which ensures that System.gc() effectively performs a garbage collection.

This code can however potentionally result in an endless loop. In the field we have multiple installations where we disable the explict garbage collection with the -XX:+DisableExplicitGC JVM option, this causes that a System.gc() call will never do anything, resulting in an endless loop upon reload of a web application (except if by accident a full GC occurs).

Workaround code which we applied:


     * Unlike <code>{@link System#gc()}</code> this method guarantees that garbage collection has been performed before returning.
    protected static void gc() {
        if (isDisableExplicitGCEnabled()) {
            System.err.println(ClassLoaderLeakPreventor.class.getSimpleName() + ": "
                    + "Skipping GC call since -XX:+DisableExplicitGC is supplied as VM option.");

        Object obj = new Object();
        WeakReference ref = new WeakReference<Object>(obj);
        // noinspection UnusedAssignment
        obj = null;
        while (ref.get() != null) {

     * Check is "-XX:+DisableExplicitGC" enabled.
     * @return true is "-XX:+DisableExplicitGC" is set als vm argument, false otherwise.
    private static boolean isDisableExplicitGCEnabled() {
        RuntimeMXBean bean = ManagementFactory.getRuntimeMXBean();
        List<String> aList = bean.getInputArguments();

        return aList.contains("-XX:+DisableExplicitGC");

Kind regards,
Kenny Moens
CIPAL IT Solutions

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