[logback-dev] [JIRA] Created: (LBCLASSIC-253) MDC.clear() in child thread improperly affects parent.

Thomas Becker (JIRA) noreply-jira at qos.ch
Tue Mar 1 16:27:51 CET 2011

MDC.clear() in child thread improperly affects parent.

                 Key: LBCLASSIC-253
                 URL: http://jira.qos.ch/browse/LBCLASSIC-253
             Project: logback-classic
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Other
    Affects Versions: 0.9.28
         Environment: JDK 1.6.0_21
            Reporter: Thomas Becker
            Assignee: Logback dev list

I want to upgrade logback to 0.9.28 but one of my unit tests caught this bug in the LogbackMDCAdapter.  Basically, if a child thread clears the MDC, the parent thread's copy is cleared as well.  This simple unit test illustrates the problem.

import org.junit.Test;
import org.slf4j.MDC;

 * Demonstrates a bug in LogbackMDCAdapter.  The clear() executed by the child thread should not affect the parent.
public class MDCTest {

    public void testBug() throws InterruptedException {
        MDC.put("foo", "bar");
        assertEquals("bar", MDC.get("foo"));
        Thread clearer = new Thread() {
            public void run() {

        assertEquals("bar", MDC.get("foo"));

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