Re: Best way to halt Java process?

"Mike Schilling" <>
Sat, 12 Jun 2010 15:02:11 -0700
"Lew" <> wrote in message

Lew writes:

"An Error is a subclass of Throwable that indicates serious problems
that a reasonable application should not try to catch."

ilan wrote:

Hmmm. I wonder what the definition of _reasonable_ is.

Tom Anderson wrote:

I read it as saying "reasonable programs do not catch Errors". It *is*
a definition.

Mike Schilling wrote:

It's an odd word to use. A Java program written to test JVM behavior
might well catch and log Errors. Why is that program unreasonable?

In principle because an 'Error' is of such a magnitude as to greatly risk
that the attempt to log it, or to do anything at all, is futility of the
first order.

Some errors, perhaps. Not e.g. NoClassDefFoundError or NoSuchFieldError
(and a host of others), which can be reproduced reliably by modifying or
deleting a .class file after compilation time, and don't result in a damaged

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