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During SUM Update: java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: GC overhead limit exceeded

Hello Colleagues,

during Support Package deployment with SUM for an java only system we receive following error in the last step Finalization 5.0:

java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: GC overhead limit exceeded

We aren't not able to identify the root cause for this issue.

Could someone help us here?

Many thanks in advance!



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    Posted on Mar 06, 2015 at 09:00 PM

    Hi Jochen,

    Hope you are doing good.

    Nice to hear from you again.

    Looks like a memory issue. When the engine goes down due to heap issues, there are 2 main steps

    inorder to resolve the case:

    1) Make sure that the j2ee parameters and the server on the whole is configured correctly so that optimum performance can be obtained.

    2) If 1) does not help, there may be a application causing a memory leak. We need to identify this and fix the issue.

    Please have a look at:

    SAP Note No. 1004255- How to create a full HPROF heap dump of J2EE Engine

    If you wish to analyse yourself, more details are available in SAP note 1883568 and:


    Hope this helps.

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    Kind Regards,

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  • Posted on Mar 09, 2015 at 04:42 PM

    Hi Jochen,

    The upgrade doc (Update of SAP Systems Using Software Update Manager 1.0 SP12 ) does have this detail:

    Out of Memory Error

    The deployment of the queue can finish with an Out of Memory error if not enough virtual memory is available. To solve this problem, use the Config Tool and set the heap size and permanent space Java parameters as described in SAP Note 723909 Information published on SAP site.

    If you encounter such an error in the DEPLOY_ONLINE_* steps and SAP Note 723909 Information published on SAP site does not solve your problem, increase the value of the *.MaxHeapSize property in the configuration file. The file is located at <Drive>:\usr\sap\<SAPSID>\SUM\sdt\data\kernel\

    Kind regards,

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    • Hi Hemanth,

      many thanks for highlight this.

      I have already read this chapter "Out of Memory Error" in the SUM guide.

      The first part is for the server system, the second part for SUM itself.

      Just on the edge, the path in the SUM Guide "Software Update Manager 1.0 SP12" is wrong:

      ... file is located at /usr/sap/<SID>/SUM/java/data/kernel/ ...

      the correct path is:


      The second thing is, we don't have any "" file under the entire SUM.

      We did only a Support Package update (no stack) with this SUM application to a java only system and it wasn't used before.

      I duple check this with an different SUM which was only used for a Support Package Upgrade to a SAP PI System 7.31 (ABAP/JAVA).

      Here I was able to find the "" in the path.

      So, the question is, why is the file missing in the SUM for the java only system SP update?

      The modification of "DSUService" solved our problem.

      The SAP Note "723909 - Java-VM-Einstellungen für J2EE 6.40 und J2EE 7.0" provides more general information's regarding java vm configurations and is for this issue not really helpfully.



  • Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 08:28 PM

    Thanks I was able to resolve the overhead limit exceeded issue we had using SUM SP14


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