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Posted on 2002-03-17
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I want to start a thread, that does some work for me. If the thread doesn't finish within 5 seconds, i want to abort it. For a thread, that extends "Thread" this is no problem:

myThread.join(5000);

But how can I do that, when my thread doesn't extend "Thread" but implements "Runnable" ? Runnable doesn't support "join".

How can I generally kill running threads ?

thanx

ben utzer
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Even if your class implements Runnable then you still have to create a thread object for your thread.
So you can always use join.
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public class Test implements Runnable {

    public static void main (String args[]) {
        Thread t = new Thread(new Test());
        try { t.join(1000); } catch (Exception e) {}
    }

    public Test() {
    }

    public void run() {
        // do something
    }
   
}

your right - it works :) i tried this before, but i didn't work then - maybe i mistyped something...

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I thought I answered the question.
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ok objects - I still haven't posted my recomendations in the cleanup area so I can change this, BUT: this is why I am not sure whether to recomend your comment as an answer:

the question is: "How can I generally kill running threads ?"

I couldn't find a clear answer to it. Yes - your comment is correct, but also - you didn't pretend for the points when Moondancer
posted his comment.
Do you still think that the points should go to you?
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That was part of the question, and the only way I think it can really be done is to exit the application.
Ben seemed happy with the answer I gave :)
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yes - It seems that I am wrong. I will post a new recomendation in the cleanup are. I hope - it is not late.
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Per recommendation, force-accepted.

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