Java.lang.ThreadGroup.setDaemon() Method

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Description

The java.lang.ThreadGroup.setDaemon() method changes the daemon status of this thread group. A daemon thread group is automatically destroyed when its last thread is stopped or its last thread group is destroyed.

Declaration

Following is the declaration for java.lang.ThreadGroup.setDaemon() method

public final void setDaemon(boolean daemon)

Parameters

  • daemon -- if true, marks this thread group as a daemon thread group; otherwise, marks this thread group as normal.

Return Value

This method does not return any value.

Exception

  • SecurityException -- if the current thread cannot modify this thread group.

Example

The following example shows the usage of java.lang.ThreadGroup.setDaemon() method.

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.lang.*;

public class ThreadGroupDemo implements Runnable
{
   public static void main(String[] args) {
      ThreadGroupDemo tg = new ThreadGroupDemo();
      tg.func();
   }

   public void func() {
      try {     
         // create a parent ThreadGroup
         ThreadGroup pGroup = new ThreadGroup("Parent ThreadGroup");
         // daemon status is set to true
         pGroup.setDaemon(true);
    
         // create a child ThreadGroup for parent ThreadGroup
         ThreadGroup cGroup = new ThreadGroup(pGroup, "Child ThreadGroup");
         // daemon status is set to true
         cGroup.setDaemon(true);

         // create a thread
         Thread t1 = new Thread(pGroup, this);
         System.out.println("Starting " + t1.getName() + "...");
         t1.start();
            
         // create another thread
         Thread t2 = new Thread(cGroup, this);
         System.out.println("Starting " + t2.getName() + "...");
         t2.start();

         // returns true if this thread group is a daemon thread group
         System.out.println("Is " + pGroup.getName() + " a daemon
         ThreadGroup? " + pGroup.isDaemon());
         System.out.println("Is " + cGroup.getName() + " a daemon
         ThreadGroup? " + cGroup.isDaemon());

         // block until the other threads finish
         t1.join();
         t2.join();
      }
      catch (InterruptedException ex) {
         System.out.println(ex.toString());
      }
   }

   // implements run()
   public void run() {

      for(int i = 0;i < 1000;i++) {
         i++;
      }
      System.out.println(Thread.currentThread().getName() + 
      " finished executing.");
   }
}  

Let us compile and run the above program, this will produce the following result:

Starting Thread-0...
Starting Thread-1...
Is Parent ThreadGroup a daemonThreadGroup? true
Is Child ThreadGroup a daemonThreadGroup? true
Thread-0 finished executing.
Thread-1 finished executing.



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