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why the repeated task does not work ?

 
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public class TimerTest extends TimerTask {

public static void main (String[] args) {

TimerTask timerTest = new TimerTest();
Timer timer = new Timer(true);
Date now = new Date();
// let the job start from now with 5 seconds delay
timer.scheduleAtFixedRate(timerTest, now, 5*1000);
}

public void run() {
System.out.println("Running the task...");

}
}

However, in my IDE console I can only see ONE print out. I am supposed to see a print out every 5 seconds but I can't see any but the first.

Why ??
 
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Because the Timer has been created to use a daemon thread. After that one print, the main method ends and therefore the entire prorgam ends.

If you turn that true into a false (or omit it completely) you'll see that it will continue printing.
 
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