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Exception in thread "main" java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space

Posted on 2010-09-16
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Last Modified: 2013-12-29

I get the following exception:

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space
      at java.util.regex.Matcher.<init>(Matcher.java:207)
      at java.util.regex.Pattern.matcher(Pattern.java:888)
      at java.util.regex.Pattern.split(Pattern.java:997)
      at java.lang.String.split(String.java:2293)
      at java.lang.String.split(String.java:2335)
      at com.mba.excessreturncalculator.ExcessReturnCalculator.loadRate(ExcessReturnCalculator.java:996)
      at com.mba.excessreturncalculator.ExcessReturnCalculator.loadStockData(ExcessReturnCalculator.java:706)
      at com.mba.excessreturncalculator.ExcessReturnCalculator.main(ExcessReturnCalculator.java:641)
      at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
      at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)
      at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
      at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:597)
      at com.intellij.rt.execution.application.AppMain.main(AppMain.java:115)

Is there any option to improve the memory consumption of the following code (it's only a part of a big class):

    private void loadRate(String inputRateDir, Map<String, String> rateMap, String delimiter) {
        File rateDir = new File (inputRateDir);
        if (!rateDir.exists()) {
            System.out.println(inputRateDir + " does not exist. Exiting.");

        if (rateDir.getName().equals("335")) {
            int y = 10;

        File[] files = rateDir.listFiles();
        for (File file : files) {
            try {
                BufferedReader bufferedReader = new BufferedReader(new FileReader(file.getPath()));
                String line;
                // 0. Transformation
                // 1. Rate
                // 2. Date

                // Skipping the first 2 lines.
                boolean finish = false;
                while ((line = bufferedReader.readLine())!= null && !finish) {
                    String[] tokens = line.split(delimiter);
                    if (tokens.length > 2 && tokens[0] != null
                            && tokens[1] != null && tokens[2] != null) {
                        // Skipping tokens[0] which is Transformation
                        String rate = tokens[1];
                        String dateToSort = convertDateToSortable(tokens[2]);
                        rateMap.put(dateToSort, rate);
                    else {
                        finish = true;
            catch (IOException e) {

        int v = 80;

        if (rateDir.getName().equals("335")) {


        if (DEBUG) {

Question by:HPBSM
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You should be closing the files in a finally block. Actually i don't see at all ...
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not really, looks like you need to increase the amount of memory available to your application

java -Xmx1g .....
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you can try this:

                        String rate = new String(tokens[1]);
                        String dateToSort = convertDateToSortable(new String(tokens[2]));

Also some profileing will bive you a better indication of where the memory is being used
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Are you getting this exception always on this line ExcessReturnCalculator.java:996 line 996 or not?

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when you dont close the file, definitely it occupies some memory. But when you repeatedly call that function, it might lead to too many open files problem than the OOM. But certainly it could eat up some memory. With respect to the code above only place where memory could keep increasing is the addition of variable in rateMap. But it also depends on the number of variables added into the map.

One way to debug the issue is, you can run this code as a separate java program. If you are able to reproduce this issue when you are running this as a java program, then the problem exist in this code and map could be the culprit. In this case, you can either increase the java memory usage through -Xmx variable. If you dont want to increase this memory consumption, then we shall limit the number of entries in the map based on the available memory.

If you are unable to reproduce this issue then problem could be there is other part of your program. Use OptimizeIt and java's default profiling mechanism to find where exactly the memory is leaking.

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         String rate = new String(tokens[1]);
         String dateToSort = convertDateToSortable(new String(tokens[2]));

 I guess you are thinking about the heap memory and garbage collection.It will be great if you could explain us difference between this approach and original problematic version.
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