Return Inside Finally Block

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Last revision (mm/dd/yy): 02/28/2009

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Returning from inside a finally block will cause exceptions to be lost.

A return statement inside a finally block will cause any exception that might be thrown in the try block to be discarded.

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In the following code excerpt, the IllegalArgumentException will never be delivered to the caller. The finally block will cause the exception to be discarded.

	try {
	  throw IllegalArgumentException();
	finally {
	  return r;

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