Java – If statement with String comparison fails

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I really don't know why the if statement below is not executing:

if (s == "/quit")
{
    System.out.println("quitted");
}

Below is the whole class.

It is probably a really stupid logic problem but I have been pulling my hair out over here not being able to figure this out.

Thanks for looking 🙂

class TextParser extends Thread {
    public void run() {
        while (true) {
            for(int i = 0; i < connectionList.size(); i++) {
                try {               
                    System.out.println("reading " + i);
                    Connection c = connectionList.elementAt(i); 
                    Thread.sleep(200);

                    System.out.println("reading " + i);

                    String s = "";

                    if (c.in.ready() == true) {
                        s = c.in.readLine();
                        //System.out.println(i + "> "+ s);

                        if (s == "/quit") {
                            System.out.println("quitted");
                        }

                        if(! s.equals("")) {
                            for(int j = 0; j < connectionList.size(); j++) {
                                Connection c2 = connectionList.elementAt(j);
                                c2.out.println(s);
                            }
                        }
                    }
                } catch(Exception e){
                    System.out.println("reading error");
                }
            }
        }
    }
}

Best Answer

In your example you are comparing the string objects, not their content.

Your comparison should be :

if (s.equals("/quit"))

Or if s string nullity doesn't mind / or you really don't like NPEs:

if ("/quit".equals(s))