Java: Find all instances of System.out.println()

A good Java application should print only the absolute necessary to standard out. Not to do so can mean a serious hit in performance and can make it difficult to debug issues.

Unfortunately either we ourselves or our colleagues put System.out.println() statements in the code and then forget to remove them.

Here are two solutions how to find all those nasty statements.

Solution 1: Do a Full Text Search

Use your IDE and search for all occurrences of the string “System.out.println()” in your code. In eclipse this can be done through Menu / Search / File …

Make sure to use *.java for the file name pattern.


Solution 2: Put a Breakpoint in PrintStream

The above solution might not be practical if there are many System.out statements in the code which are legitimately there. In that case, you can also put a break point into the Java standard class PrintStream.

In eclipse, open the search for class dialog (Ctrl+Shift+t) and type in the class name PrintStream from the package


In this class, find the print(x) method and add a breakpoint:


Then run your program in debug mode. You can then find the places where System.out is called from the stack trace.


Route 53 Cannot Find CloudFront Distribution


You have create a CloudFront distribution with a custom domain name (such as

Now if you try to link this distribution to your domain using Route 53, you get the following error message:

`No AWS resource exists with the Alias Target that you specified.`



Try the following to solve this problem:

  • Make sure that the CNAME you specified for the CloudFront distribution matches your domain name exactly. For instance, if your domain name is, make sure that this is also the CNAME.
  • When creating the record set in Route 53, make sure to select the record type `A – IPv4 Address` and not CNAME.