Wait (possibly forever) until successful passage. Fail only upon interuption. Interruptions always result in `clean' failures. On failure, you can be sure that it has not been acquired, and that no corresponding release should be performed. Conversely, a normal return guarantees that the acquire was successful.
Wait at most msecs to pass; report whether passed. The method has best-effort semantics: The msecs bound cannot be guaranteed to be a precise upper bound on wait time in Java. Implementations generally can only attempt to return as soon as possible after the specified bound. Also, timers in Java do not stop during garbage collection, so timeouts can occur just because a GC intervened. So, msecs arguments should be used in a coarse-grained manner. Further, implementations cannot always guarantee that this method will return at all without blocking indefinitely when used in unintended ways. For example, deadlocks may be encountered when called in an unintended context.
Potentially enable others to pass. Because release does not raise exceptions, it can be used in `finally' clauses without requiring extra embedded try/catch blocks. But keep in mind that as with any java method, implementations may still throw unchecked exceptions such as Error or NullPointerException when faced with uncontinuable errors. However, these should normally only be caught by higher-level error handlers.