After encountering a memory leak I stripped down my code to the following minimal fragment that reproduces the problem:
The file "import2.xml" has a size of approximately 15Mb. When running this code, the following output (and stack trace) is written:
Using a heap dump analyzer, I found out that some char internal to that weblogic parser was filled with the contents of the whole file. There are 2 strange things in this situation:
1. Why is the javax.xml.stream.XMLEventReader instance using the weblogic.xml.stax.* package internally? Is this configured somewhere? Even stranger, I couldn't find any of the weblogic.xml.stax.* classes on my classpath.
2. Why is the whole file loaded in memory while the code iterates through it event by event? Do I need to configure anything to reduce some internal buffer size, and hence the overall memory footprint?
The problem seems to be classpath-related: when the above code is moved to an empty project with just the JAXB jars on the classpath, everything runs ok. I'll report about the offending classes if able to find them.