Re: ConcurrentModificationException in single-threaded context

Eric Sosman <esosman@ieee-dot-org.invalid>
Wed, 23 Jul 2008 22:05:58 -0400
Mike Schilling wrote:

Eric Sosman wrote:

    From your description, I suspect `things' is either the keySet()
or entrySet() of the Map. If the "..." code executes put() on the
Map (or modifies the Map in any other way), the Iterator will
ConcurrentModificationException at the next hasNext() call.

    [*] "Will very probably throw," really. See the Javadoc.

In a single thread, the behavior should be deterministic.

     If you're sure, file an RFE. ;-)

     To support it, exhibit concrete implementations that "work"
in all single-threaded situations, *including* those where forty-
two independent Iterators at forty-two independent positions are
simultaneously traversing the same HashMap.keySet() at the moment
when a new key/value pair is inserted and causes a re-hash ...
Repeat the exercise for all other collection classes ...

     A useful way to think about this is to imagine the Iterator
(or Enumeration) as using a "snapshot" of the collection to guide
its traversal. Change the collection, and it no longer matches
the snapshot, and the Iterator gets hopelessly lost.

Eric Sosman

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