The Java EE 5 Tutorial

Notifying Methods to Shut Down

To ensure a clean shutdown, your destroy method should not release any shared resources until all the service requests have completed. One part of doing this is to check the service counter. Another part is to notify the long-running methods that it is time to shut down. For this notification, another field is required. The field should have the usual access methods:

public class ShutdownExample extends HttpServlet {
    private boolean shuttingDown;
    //Access methods for shuttingDown
    protected synchronized void setShuttingDown(boolean flag) {
        shuttingDown = flag;
    protected synchronized boolean isShuttingDown() {
        return shuttingDown;

Here is an example of the destroy method using these fields to provide a clean shutdown:

public void destroy() {
    /* Check to see whether there are still service methods /*
    /* running, and if there are, tell them to stop. */
    if (numServices() > 0) {

    /* Wait for the service methods to stop. */
    while(numServices() > 0) {
        try {
        } catch (InterruptedException e) {