Friday, May 27, 2011

Application Shutdown Hook

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I was working with an application that needed to be run as a daemon. When the application is shutdown, we needed to do it in a clean manner, and release resources. So the question becomes how is it done.

Fortunately, the Runtime class provides mechanism for adding a shutdown hook. The shutdown hook code below was added to the constructor. The shutdown method is invoked when the application is shutdown, for example CTRL+C.

// add shutdown hook to stop server
        Runtime.getRuntime().addShutdownHook(new Thread() {

            public void run() {

public void shutdown() {
// add code to cleanly shutdown service here.
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