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[NREPL-36] Too many DynamicClassLoaders created Created: 10/Dec/12  Updated: 18/Apr/14

Status: Open
Project: tools.nrepl
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: 0.2.0-RC1, 0.2.0-beta9, 0.2.0-beta10
Fix Version/s: None

Type: Defect Priority: Minor
Reporter: Colin Jones Assignee: Chas Emerick
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 0
Labels: None


Not sure whether this ticket belongs here or in the Clojure-proper JIRA, so feel free to close if this is an inappropriate location. clojure.main/repl creates a new DynamicClassLoader on every execution, so it looks like the stack of classloaders grows without bounds. Seems a bit similar to http://dev.clojure.org/jira/browse/NREPL-31 in that clojure.main/repl has another assumption about when clojure.main/repl will run.

See https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/clojure/firG9zTVecU%5B1-25%5D for the original report.

Comment by Chas Emerick [ 18/Apr/14 10:17 AM ]

Yes, this should be fixed upstream; a new DynamicClassLoader should only be set as the thread-context classloader if one is not already in place.

My first impulse upon seeing this was that this was "last straw" territory w.r.t. using clojure.main/repl (as recorded in the thread linked above), but the work necessary to stop depending upon it would be considerable (not because repl does much, but because interruptible-eval/evaluate is structured to cater to it). Some years on, and it's clear that this fundamentally a minor problem (insofar as hardly anyone has complained AFAIK), so a fix that requires e.g. Clojure 1.7.0 would be fine.

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