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How a 2 GB CLOB crashed our app

erikpischel profile image Erik Pischel Originally published at on-sw-integration.epischel.de on ・1 min read

Our latest production issue: one morning our app kept crashing. Restart. Crash after some minutes. Out of memory.

It turned out to be a CLOB that was almost 2 GB big and got read when a user triggered a certain action. The 2 GB CLOB ended up in an almost 4 GB big char[] (because char is 16 bit in Java) and this was too much even for 8 GB heap space.

Of course that CLOB was not supposed to be that big!

It took some time to identify the root cause.

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