Class LeakDetector<T>

  • Type Parameters:
    T - the resource type.
    All Implemented Interfaces:
    java.lang.Runnable, LifeCycle

    public class LeakDetector<T>
    extends AbstractLifeCycle
    implements java.lang.Runnable
    A facility to detect improper usage of resource pools.

    Resource pools usually have a method to acquire a pooled resource and a method to released it back to the pool.

    To detect if client code acquires a resource but never releases it, the resource pool can be modified to use a LeakDetector. The modified resource pool should call acquired(Object) every time the method to acquire a resource is called, and released(Object) every time the method to release the resource is called. LeakDetector keeps track of these resources and invokes method leaked(org.eclipse.jetty.util.LeakDetector.LeakInfo) when it detects that a resource has been leaked (that is, acquired but never released).

    To detect whether client code releases a resource without having acquired it, the resource pool can be modified to check the return value of released(Object): if false, it means that the resource was not acquired.


    This class relies on System.identityHashCode(Object) to create a unique id for each resource passed to acquired(Object) and released(Object). System.identityHashCode(Object) does not guarantee that it will not generate the same number for different objects, but in practice the chance of collision is rare.

    LeakDetector uses PhantomReferences to detect leaks. PhantomReferences are enqueued in their ReferenceQueue after they have been garbage collected (differently from WeakReferences that are enqueued before). Since the resource is now garbage collected, LeakDetector checks whether it has been released and if not, it reports a leak. Using PhantomReferences is better than overriding Object.finalize() and works also in those cases where Object.finalize() is not overridable.

    • Constructor Detail

      • LeakDetector

        public LeakDetector()
    • Method Detail

      • acquired

        public boolean acquired​(T resource)
        Tracks the resource as been acquired.
        resource - the resource that has been acquired
        true whether the resource has been acquired normally, false if the resource has detected a leak (meaning that another acquire occurred before a release of the same resource)
        See Also:
      • released

        public boolean released​(T resource)
        Tracks the resource as been released.
        resource - the resource that has been released
        true whether the resource has been released normally (based on a previous acquire). false if the resource has been released without a prior acquire (such as a double release scenario)
        See Also:
      • id

        public java.lang.String id​(T resource)
        Generates a unique ID for the given resource.
        resource - the resource to generate the unique ID for
        the unique ID of the given resource
      • doStart

        protected void doStart()
                        throws java.lang.Exception
        doStart in class AbstractLifeCycle
      • doStop

        protected void doStop()
                       throws java.lang.Exception
        doStop in class AbstractLifeCycle
      • run

        public void run()
        Specified by:
        run in interface java.lang.Runnable
      • leaked

        protected void leaked​(LeakDetector.LeakInfo leakInfo)
        Callback method invoked by LeakDetector when it detects that a resource has been leaked.
        leakInfo - the information about the leak