Tomcat shutdown fails with a JVM crash because there is insufficient memory

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Issue

  • We try to shutdown the RHEL tomcat service. It fails with a JVM crash and tomcat continues to run. The JVM crash occurs because of insufficient memory:
# There is insufficient memory for the Java Runtime Environment to continue.
# Native memory allocation (malloc) failed to allocate ### bytes for committing reserved memory.
# Possible reasons:
#   The system is out of physical RAM or swap space
#   In 32 bit mode, the process size limit was hit
# Possible solutions:
#   Reduce memory load on the system
#   Increase physical memory or swap space
#   Check if swap backing store is full
#   Use 64 bit Java on a 64 bit OS
#   Decrease Java heap size (-Xmx/-Xms)
#   Decrease number of Java threads
#   Decrease Java thread stack sizes (-Xss)
#   Set larger code cache with -XX:ReservedCodeCacheSize=
# This output file may be truncated or incomplete.

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Web Server
  • Tomcat

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