ArrayList.remove is not working in a loop

Question

I have following code-

import java.util.ArrayList;

public class ArrayListExp{
    public static void main (String[] args){

        ArrayList<String> name = new ArrayList<String>();

        name.add("Chris");
        name.add("Lois");
        name.add("Meg");
        name.add("Meg");
        name.add("Brain");
        name.add("Peter");
        name.add("Stewie");

        System.out.println(name);

        for ( int i = 0;  i < name.size(); i  ){
            String oldName = name.get(i);
            if(oldName.equals("Meg"))
            {
                name.remove(i);
            }
        }

        System.out.println(name);
    }
}

But here it gives me output -

[Chris, Lois, Meg, Meg, Brain, Peter, Stewie]
[Chris, Lois, Meg, Brain, Peter, Stewie]

I am not getting the point, why this is not removing Meg but I have tried with only one Meg in that case it is working. And I when I am adding few more Meg in last the one Meg is not removed from the ArrayList. Why?

Solution

When you remove the first "Meg", the index i=2. Then it's incremented, but since one of the "Meg" is already removed, now name.get(3) is "Brain". So you didn't actually check the second "Meg".

To fix the problem. you can decrement the index when you remove an element:

public class ArrayListExp{
    public static void main (String[] args){

        ArrayList<String> name = new ArrayList<String>();

        name.add("Chris");
        name.add("Lois");
        name.add("Meg");
        name.add("Meg");
        name.add("Brain");
        name.add("Peter");
        name.add("Stewie");

        System.out.println(name);

        for ( int i = 0;  i < name.size(); i  ){
            String oldName = name.get(i);
            if(oldName.equals("Meg"))
            {
                name.remove(i);
                i--;
            }
        }

        System.out.println(name);
    }
}