Overriding of Thread class start() method

Whenever we override start() method then our start() method will be executed just like a normal method call and new thread wont be created. We can override start/run method of Thread class because it is not final. But it is not recommended to override start() method, otherwise it ruins multi-threading concept.

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// Java program illustrate the concept of
// overriding of start() method
class Bishal extends Thread {
public void start()
    {
        System.out.println("Start Method");
    }
public void run()
    {
        System.out.println("Run Method");
    }
} class Geeks {
public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        Bishal thread = new Bishal();
        thread.start();
        System.out.println("Main Method");
    }
}

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Output:

Start Method
Main Method

NOTE : In the above program, when we are calling start() method by an object of Bishal class, then any thread won’t be created and all the functions are done by main thread only.



Runtime stack provided by JVM for the above program:

When we call start() method on thread, it internally calls run() method with newly created thread. So, if we override start() method, run() method will not be called until we write code for calling run() method.
Another Example:

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class GThread extends Thread
{
    public void run()
    {
        System.out.println("GThread: run()");
    }
   
    public void start()
    {
        System.out.println("GThread: start()");
    }
}
   
class GRunnable implements Runnable
{
    public void run()
    {
        System.out.println("GRunnable: run()");
    }
   
    public void start()
    {
        System.out.println("GRunnable: start()");
    }
}
   
public class MyTest 
{
    public static void main(String args[])
    {
        GThread gt  =  new GThread();
        GRunnable gr = new GRunnable();
        Thread thread  =  new Thread(gr);
        gt.start();
        thread.start();
    }
}

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Output:

GThread: start()
GRunnable: run()

When GThread.start() is called, output is : “GThread:start()”. When we call, thread.start(), the new thread will call the run() method of runnable, and we will get the “GRunnable:run()” message.

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