Re: wait and spurious wakeups

"A. Bolmarcich" <>
Tue, 27 Nov 2007 23:13:27 -0000
On 2007-11-27, <> wrote:

I have checked the java web page
where it says that wait() can get InterruptedException, but that is
only if another thread interrupts the current thread. There is no way
that thread 1 can interrupt thread 2 that I am aware of. I wonder what
is being referred to here.

If you have control over all the code executed by thread 1 and thread 2,
you can control whether thread 1 interrupts thread 2. In a Java program
a thread can interrupt another if it has a reference to the other thread.
Here is an example program.

public class InterruptedExample implements Runnable {
  private static Object lock = new Object();
  private static boolean ready;
  public void run() {
    synchronized(lock) {
      try {
        ready = true;
        System.out.println("run returned from wait()");
      } catch(InterruptedException e) {
        System.out.println("run interrupted");
  static public void main(String[] args) {
    new InterruptedExample().instanceMain(args);
  public void instanceMain(String[] args) {
    Thread threadToInterrupt = new Thread(new InterruptedExample());
    synchronized(lock) {
      try {
        if (!ready) {
          System.out.println("main returned from wait()");
      } catch(InterruptedException e) {
        System.out.println("main interrupted");
      } finally {

Because java.lang.Thread has a enumerate(Thread[]) class method, any
thread can get references to all the threads of the program and invoke
interrupt() on any threads.

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