Interrupts a thread that is in the WaitSleepJoin thread state.
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
If this thread is not currently blocked in a wait, sleep, or join state, it will be interrupted when it next begins to block.
ThreadInterruptedException is thrown in the interrupted thread, but not until the thread blocks. If the thread never blocks, the exception is never thrown, and thus the thread might complete without ever being interrupted.
The following code example shows the behavior of a running thread when it is interrupted and subsequently gets blocked.
Option Explicit Option Strict Imports System Imports System.Security.Permissions Imports System.Threading Public Class ThreadInterrupt <MTAThread> _ Shared Sub Main() Dim stayAwake As New StayAwake() Dim newThread As New Thread(AddressOf stayAwake.ThreadMethod) newThread.Start() ' The following line causes an exception to be thrown ' in ThreadMethod if newThread is currently blocked ' or becomes blocked in the future. newThread.Interrupt() Console.WriteLine("Main thread calls Interrupt on newThread.") ' Tell newThread to go to sleep. stayAwake.SleepSwitch = True ' Wait for newThread to end. newThread.Join() End Sub End Class Public Class StayAwake Dim sleepSwitchValue As Boolean = False WriteOnly Property SleepSwitch As Boolean Set sleepSwitchValue = Value End Set End Property Sub New() End Sub Sub ThreadMethod() Console.WriteLine("newThread is executing ThreadMethod.") While Not sleepSwitchValue ' Use SpinWait instead of Sleep to demonstrate the ' effect of calling Interrupt on a running thread. Thread.SpinWait(10000000) End While Try Console.WriteLine("newThread going to sleep.") ' When newThread goes to sleep, it is immediately ' woken up by a ThreadInterruptedException. Thread.Sleep(Timeout.Infinite) Catch ex As ThreadInterruptedException Console.WriteLine("newThread cannot go to " & _ "sleep - interrupted by main thread.") End Try End Sub End Class
Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2