AutoClosable.use vs Closable.use


We have AutoClosable.use defined in kotlin-stdlib-jre7 and Closable.use in kotlin-stdlib. The first variant in my opinion is more simple and efficient, while the second generate more bytecode and creates more variable slots. But when applied to object what implements both interfaces (Socket for example), second variant is used. As I understand, compiler applies rule “use more specific subtype”. Can we somehow disable second variant and use only first?


I think you can cast the variable as AutoCloseable so that Closable.use will be outruled. But that isn’t much convenient as you’ll have to save the value inside a separate variable to be able to use it inside use lambda having the original type.

Another option is to import Closeable.use from package with alias. When importing something with alias it becomes unavailable by its original name:

import as doNotUse

Meanwhile we’re planning improvements in the compiler to overcome the limitations that hold us from optimizing Closeable.use, see


The main difference between them is that Closeable.use() doesn’t use a new addSuppressed() method. For Java 7+ compiler should always apply this mechanism to all (Auto)Closeable types, but unfortunately Kotlin favours the older function in many cases.


Well, it seems what “cleaner” solution is to write our own use() function analog and use it instead. :frowning: But then either we should not forget about right import, or call this function some differently (auto(), for example).


By the way, link to KT-16028 cannot be opened. “You have no permissions to view this page”


Oh, right, I’ve adjusted the permissions.
By the way this issue is more related to Closeable/AutoCloseable difference.