Making sure a method is called when an application exits

Posted on 2004-10-14
Last Modified: 2010-03-31
I have a question about how Java works. I know you can have a finalize method to call when an object is being garbage collected to free up some resources to avoid a memory leak.

However, let us assume I have a program as such,

public class Test {

   public static void main (String [] args) {

      while (true) {


that design or a server design where the server waits for a connection forever until it is shutdown by the user. So, when I run this program I have to shut it down by using a Ctrl + C key. Is there a way I can make sure a method is called before the program exits so that I can free up some or call some required resources?

Thanks and if I get a great answer (that solves this problem), I'll definitely add extra points.


Question by:aratani
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CEHJ earned 150 total points
ID: 12311641
Don't use finalizers - unreliable. Use shutdown hook:

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ID: 12311876
you can also have a finally block after a try block. this makes sure that whatever hapens the code in the finally block will be called always before exiting.

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ID: 12312316
A finally block is NOT called if you exit the program by using Ctrl + C or through the task bar.


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ID: 12312918
Thanks CEHJ, the shutdown hook worked perfectly. I increased the points and am accepting your result.

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