Class InterruptTimer

  • public final class InterruptTimer
    extends Object
    Triggers an interrupt on the calling thread if it doesn't complete a block.

    Classes can use this to trip an alarm interrupting the calling thread if it doesn't complete a block within the specified timeout. Typical calling pattern is:

     private InterruptTimer myTimer = ...;
     void foo() {
       try {
         // work
       } finally {

    An InterruptTimer is not recursive. To implement recursive timers, independent InterruptTimer instances are required. A single InterruptTimer may be shared between objects which won't recursively call each other.

    Each InterruptTimer spawns one background thread to sleep the specified time and interrupt the thread which called begin(int). It is up to the caller to ensure that the operations within the work block between the matched begin and end calls tests the interrupt flag (most IO operations do).

    To terminate the background thread, use terminate(). If the application fails to terminate the thread, it will (eventually) terminate itself when the InterruptTimer instance is garbage collected.

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    • Constructor Detail

      • InterruptTimer

        public InterruptTimer()
        Create a new timer with a default thread name.
      • InterruptTimer

        public InterruptTimer​(String threadName)
        Create a new timer to signal on interrupt on the caller.

        The timer thread is created in the calling thread's ThreadGroup.

        threadName - name of the timer thread.
    • Method Detail

      • begin

        public void begin​(int timeout)
        Arm the interrupt timer before entering a blocking operation.
        timeout - number of milliseconds before the interrupt should trigger. Must be > 0.
      • end

        public void end()
        Disable the interrupt timer, as the operation is complete.
      • terminate

        public void terminate()
        Shutdown the timer thread, and wait for it to terminate.