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Thread: Using Thread waiting() method

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    Default Using Thread waiting() method

    I am trying to send a notify to an available Thread (first Thread i can find in a pool currently in a WAITING state), but am unable to. I am trying to send the notify alert to a thread running in a separate class, although this class is included in the same package. Here is the Server.java file from which I am trying to notify my available thread:

    package dir.test;
    import java.util.ArrayList;
    import java.util.LinkedList;
    public class Server {
    	static private final int THREADCOUNT=5;
    	public static void main(String[] args) throws InterruptedException {
    		ArrayList<Thread> objThreads = new ArrayList<Thread>(THREADCOUNT);
    		for (int i=0; i<THREADCOUNT; i++) {
    			objThreads.add(i, new Thread(new ObjThread(1)));
    		try {
    			for (int i=0; i<objThreads.size(); i++) {
    				if ( (objThreads.get(i).getState())==Thread.State.WAITING ) {
    					System.out.println("Thread " + i + " is in state: WAITING.");
    					System.out.println("Thread " + i + " has been notified.");
    		} catch (Exception e) {
    		} catch (Throwable t) {
    			System.err.println("Caught throwable t: " + t);


    and here's the ObjThread.java file...

    ***************ObjThread.java********************* **
    package dir.test;
    import java.lang.Runnable;
    import java.util.*;
    public class ObjThread implements Runnable {
    	private int int_var;
    	public ObjThread(int int_var) {
    		this.int_var = int_var;
    	public synchronized void run() {
    		while ( true ) {
    			try {
    				System.out.println("test...before wait");
    				System.out.println("test...after wait.  int variable value: " + int_var);
    			} catch ( InterruptedException e ) { }


    The thread never gets to the statement:
    System.out.println("test...after wait. int variable value: " + int_var);

    My output is:
    $ java dir.test.Server
    test...before wait
    test...before wait
    test...before wait
    test...before wait
    test...before wait
    Thread 0 is in state: WAITING.
    at java.lang.Object.notify(Native Method)
    at dir.test.Server.main(Server.java:23)

    Any idea how I can wake a thread from a WAITING state with this file structure so it can resume it's work?

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    Default Re: Using Thread waiting() method

    Acquire a lock on the objects...flank the wait and notify by a synchronized statement on the object you are calling prior to calling these methods.

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