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Hi guys

public class TaskRunnable impliments Runnable{
BlockingQueue<Task> queue;

public void run(){
try{
processTask(queue));
}
catch (InterruptedException e){
Thread.currentThread().interrupt(); -- What does this do and why is this considered a good practice?
}
}
}

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Check out the following link (especially the part titled 'Don't swallow interrupts'). It gives you a good idea about these things.
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I am having little hard time understanding this section from the link

"If you catch InterruptedException but cannot rethrow it, you should preserve evidence that the interruption occurred so that code higher up on the call stack can learn of the interruption and respond to it if it wants to. This task is accomplished by calling interrupt() to "reinterrupt" the current thread, as shown in Listing 3."

>>>so that code higher up on the call stack can learn of the interruption and respond to it if it wants to.

what is the code higher up the author is referring to ?
how does the code higher up respond to the interruption?

A simple example would be greatly appreciated.
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>> what is the code higher up the author is referring to ?

In the context of the code snippet that you posted in the original question, the "code higher up" would be the code that is running that particular runnable, ie. possibly it is a TaskExecutor, maybe a simple Thread or some other unknown custom implementation.

>> how does the code higher up respond to the interruption?

It could do anything it wants. What it can't do though, is to respond to an interruption when it has no way of knowing that there was an interruption.


>> A simple example would be greatly appreciated.

Hard to give because, well you questions to asked, highlight the issue. "What is the code" and "how does it respond"; the code could be anything and it could respond in anyway. The point is, that "you don't know" the answers to those questions (in most cases at least) and therefore you want to do your best to let this "unknown to you" piece of code know that something happened, and the way that you do this is by setting the interrupted flag, if you can't throw/rethrow the InterruptedException.

In the context of your original post, you are bound by a contract, the Runnable interface, that says that the run() method does NOT throw any checked exceptions (of which InterruptedException is one) and so the only way left to communicate the state of the program is to set the interrupted flag.
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