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Tomcat crashes all of sudden

Posted on 2012-04-06
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We are getting out of memory errors for every 2 or 3 days for past 1 or 2 months.

Earlier we never faced this problem. It is working fine for past 3 years.

Only one change we made i.e. https. We configured https few months back.

The error looks like this :

Exception java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: requested 65536000 bytes for GrET* in /BUILD_AREA/jdk1.5.0_22/hotspot/src/share/vm/utilities/growableArray.cpp. Out of swap space?


Os is Centos 5 and 4 GB Ram and tomcat 6.0.20

CATALINA_OPTS="-server -XX:+UseParallelGC -Xmx2348m -Xms2348m -XX:NewSize=1024m -XX:MaxNewSize=1024m -XX:PermSize=128m -XX:MaxPermSize=128m -XX:SurvivorRation:6 *****"

If we increase the ram to 8GB or above will it solves the problem?
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There was a bug opened against Sun on this , but this was eventually closed with Sun saying that it could be a third party vendor issue. Suggestions from that bug report:

1. you should establish whether any third-party native code is being used, and if so, use the appropriate tools (such as libumem & mdb on Solaris) to try and pin-point the leak.
2. If no third-party native code is being used, or the leak appears to be coming from the VM/library code then please test using the latest VM update available


http://bugs.sun.com/bugdatabase/view_bug.do?bug_id=6327914
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increase JVM size (java_opt) and try ??????
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Which version of the Java JDK are you using?  "java -version" will show you.

I think CentOS 5 by default only came with a 32-bit JDK 1.4.  If that's the case I'd suggest trying a move up to a 64-bit JDK 1.6 (don't use 1.7 it's a bit too raw still) and push the memory to 8GB.  You can install a second Java alongside the existing one (so easy to rollback if this doesn't help) and then just change where JAVA_HOME points to.

Then check the amount of memory Tomcat is actually using after this and see if it's getting close to the limit or not.

Doug
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Thanks for all your suggestions, I am using java1.5. For upgrading it to 1.6 we have to think of it. And I will try to increase the memory to 8GB. Let's see what happens after that.

Thanks,
Sasidhar.
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I assume it's 64-bit Java 1.5?  Otherwise you won't get far with trying to raise the memory to 8GB.

Doug
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No it's not. It's 32-bit Java1.5 and CentOS also 32-bit
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Normally a 32-bit OS is limited to 4GB of addressable memory, although some OSes added special support to their 32-bit solutions to allow access to more through some special paging tricks.  Not sure if CentOS 5 has that.

In any case 32-bit Java will definitely be limited to 4GB of RAM (a 32-bit pointer can only represent 4 billion unique values).

So you won't be able to move up to 8GB for Java unless you move to a 64-bit architecture.

Doug
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As a stop gap it may be worth scheduling daily bounces of the Tomcat's.
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