How to close a Process and having shutdown hooks called ?

Tue Mar 4 13:09:21 UTC 2014

I didn't know for jdk8 functions destroy and the new one destroyForcibly...

And Jonathan was right in his previous answer, I was looking for a solution in Java, I mean a portable one like  in Process class, like the "destroyGracefully".
I am looking to signals because it seems to be a simple way to achieve this "portable" solution, maybe I'm wrong.

It would be useful (as you said) to have a function to kill "gracefully" through Process class, no ?

Nicolas Le Picard

-----Message d'origine-----
De : Alan Bateman [mailto:Alan.Bateman at] 
Envoyé : mardi 4 mars 2014 13:12
À : Krystal Mok
Cc : LE PICARD NICOLAS; core-libs-dev at
Objet : Re: How to close a Process and having shutdown hooks called ?

On 04/03/2014 11:51, Krystal Mok wrote:
> Hi Nicolas,
> Looks like a well discussed question. On Posix systems, SIGTERM should 
> work for you. That's the default signal sent by the 'kill' command on Linux.
> e.g. please take a look here:
> e-sigkill-signal-in-java
> - Kris
I think he's on Windows and is looking for destroy to use something other than TerminateProcess.

As background, the destroy method was confusingly specified to kill the sub-process forcibly but it wasn't implemented this way everywhere. On Unix/Linux then the long standing implementation used SIGTERM and so no guarantee that it would cause the sub-process to terminate. This mismatch was examined in JDK 8 (you'll need to go through the archives of this mailing list to see the discussion) and the javadoc updated to make it clear that it is implementation specific as to whether it is done forcibly or not. In addition a new destroyForcibly was added to do the SIGKILL or TerminateProcess for cases where you really want to kill the child. There isn't a corresponding destroyGracefully but clearly this would be useful if were feasible to implement everywhere.


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