The following prevents the web application classloader from being garbage collected on hot redeploys of web applications.
Please note that the issue is present on J2SE 1.5 as well. I use 1.6 only because it has far better support for JVMTI and as such the issue was easy to discover with YourKit profiler. Here it is:
1. org.apache.hivemind.service.impl.ThreadEventNotifierImpl puts EventListenerList ("list" variable) on its private ThreadLocal "_storage" variable in addThreadCleanupListener method.
2. No where in that class does the actual list gets removed from ThreadLocal.
Thus, the WebappClassLoader cannot be garbage collected because one of the object that it loaded (i.e. EventListenerList) is strongly referenced by live threads in the container, which leads to huge memory leaks on hot-redeploys.