Affects Version/s: 1.5
Fix Version/s: None
At XWiki we are using the remote resource plugin to generate a NOTICE files we put in the META-INF of all jars. The file can be found on https://github.com/xwiki/xwiki-commons/blob/master/xwiki-commons-tools/xwiki-commons-tool-license-resources/src/main/resources/META-INF/NOTICE.vm.
We have a lot of memory issues and we kept increasing the max memory but it was starting to be a bit insane (we now get a OOM with -Xmx2500m) so I finally took a profiler to try to figure out where all this memory goes.
We did noticed for a while that remote resource plugin is taking longer and longer to execute during the build so I had my doubts already.
What Yourkit is telling me is that almost half of the memory (400MB here because I reduced the max memory for it to fail earlier) is retained by an ArrayList of MavenProject instances located in ProcessRemoteResourcesMojo#getProjects().
It can be reproduced by building https://github.com/xwiki/xwiki-platform (you will need to add some repositories in your settings.xml, you can find them on http://dev.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Community/Building/#HInstallingMaven).
Also I can probably put the memory dump I have somewhere if someone wants to download it.