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1   /*
2    * Copyright 2012 The Netty Project
3    *
4    * The Netty Project licenses this file to you under the Apache License,
5    * version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance
6    * with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at:
7    *
8    *   http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
9    *
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15   */
16  package io.netty.util;
17  
18  import java.util.Set;
19  import java.util.concurrent.TimeUnit;
20  
21  /**
22   * Schedules {@link TimerTask}s for one-time future execution in a background
23   * thread.
24   */
25  public interface Timer {
26  
27      /**
28       * Schedules the specified {@link TimerTask} for one-time execution after
29       * the specified delay.
30       *
31       * @return a handle which is associated with the specified task
32       *
33       * @throws IllegalStateException if this timer has been
34       *                               {@linkplain #stop() stopped} already
35       */
36      Timeout newTimeout(TimerTask task, long delay, TimeUnit unit);
37  
38      /**
39       * Releases all resources acquired by this {@link Timer} and cancels all
40       * tasks which were scheduled but not executed yet.
41       *
42       * @return the handles associated with the tasks which were canceled by
43       *         this method
44       */
45      Set<Timeout> stop();
46  }