Mathieu Mathieu - 3 months ago 15
Android Question

Why does AsyncTask run in the main Thread of an application?

in my application, I have a class for UI stuff, the name of which is "SettingActivity".

Then for doing some jobs in background, I bind this UI class(SettingActivity) to a Service.
There are two predefined methods in that Service(defined in .aidl file), one is startTask(), the other one is stopTask().

Within startTask(), I made a call to an AsyncTask. But when I checked the name of the Looper of this AsyncTask. It is "main". In my opinion, an AsyncTask should start an another Thread other than the main Thread.

So does somebody know why this happens?

The codes are as follows:



@Override
protected void onPreExecute() {
super.onPreExecute();
Log.d(TAG, "onPreExecute "+Looper.myLooper().getThread().getName());
}




Then I will get main as the output.

Answer

An AsyncTask has several parts: a doInBackground method that does, in fact, run on a separate thread, and a onPostExecute method that runs on the UI thread. The purpose of onPostExecute is to publish results (such as updating the view hierarchy, or setting text in a text view) that must be done on the UI thread. It also can post progress updates. In order for this to all work properly, the AsyncTask must be created, and the execute method called, on the UI thread.

You must not call UI actions from within doInBackground -- doing so will crash your application.