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If you discovered that Confluence died without manual intervention, there may be something goes wrong during a local Java session. Java will produce a log file that looks like the following: hs_err_pid20929.log.

The location of this log file is usually in the directory where Tomcat is run eg. /bin folder. For Windows Services, it should be located in where Windows Services are run, eg. c:\Windows\System32 if you are on 32 bit.

Useful VM Option

If using Java 6 or above, it's possible to define the path to the hs_err_pid file.

Add the following JVM Parameter to your existing ones:

RELEVANT TOPICS

Generating a Heap Dump
Java Crashes