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The safe way to stop a thread

// :
// The safe way to stop a thread.
// From 'Thinking in Java, 3rd ed.' (c) Bruce Eckel 2002
// See copyright notice in CopyRight.txt.

import java.util.Timer;
import java.util.TimerTask;

class CanStop extends Thread {
  // Must be volatile:
  private volatile boolean stop = false;

  private int counter = 0;

  public void run() {
    while (!stop && counter < 10000) {
    if (stop)
      System.out.println("Detected stop");

  public void requestStop() {
    stop = true;

public class Stopping {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    final CanStop stoppable = new CanStop();
    new Timer(true).schedule(new TimerTask() {
      public void run() {
        System.out.println("Requesting stop");
    }, 500); // run() after 500 milliseconds
} ///:~


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