Why the concept of starting and stopping context and beans in spring

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There are different ways in which a bean initializaiton/cleanup can be done. Also there are other event mechanisms. Along with all this why does spring have the concept of starting the context which I believe invokes the respective start and stop methods of beans.

To test this, I have a piece of code that looks like this –
public class Car implements InitializingBean, DisposableBean, SmartLifecycle {

private Engine engine;

private volatile boolean isRunning = false;

public void afterPropertiesSet() throws Exception {
logger.debug("Car — afterPropertiesSet");

public void destroy() throws Exception {
logger.debug("Car — destroy");

public void postConstruction() {
logger.debug("Car — postConstruct");

public void preDestruction() {
logger.debug("Car — preDestroy");

public void stop() {
//Note that this stop notification is not guaranteed to come before destruction: On regular shutdown,
//Lifecycle beans will first receive a stop notification before the general destruction callbacks are being propagated;
//however, on hot refresh during a context’s lifetime or on aborted refresh attempts, only destroy methods will be called.
logger.debug("Car — stop");
isRunning = false;

public boolean isRunning() {
//Check whether this component is currently running.
//In the case of a container, this will return true only if all components that apply are currently running.
logger.debug("Car — isRunning");
return isRunning;

public int getPhase() {
//Return the phase value of this object.
logger.debug("Car — getPhase");
return 10;

public boolean isAutoStartup() {
//Returns true if this Lifecycle component should get started automatically by the container
//A value of false indicates that the component is intended to be started through an explicit start() call instead,
//analogous to a automatic Lifecycle.
logger.debug("Car — isAutoStartup");
return false;

public void stop(Runnable callback) {
logger.debug("Car — stop – async");
isRunning = false;
try {

//Sleeping for 10 seconds so that all threads
//get enough time to do their cleanup
logger.debug("Wait over");
//Shudown complete. Regular shutdown will continue.
} catch (final InterruptedException e) {
//Looks like we got exception while shutting down,
//log it or do something with it

public void start() {
//Start this component.
//Should not throw an exception if the component is already running.
logger.debug("Car — start");
isRunning = true;

First I return true value for isAutoStartUp then I try returning false. The image below is a comparison of the log files of the 2 runs. And irrespective of whether autostartup is true/false, the code runs fine.


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