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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-08-13 16:12:03

From: "William E. Kempf" <williamkempf_at_[hidden]>

> Because when we propogate an exception "automatically" we have no way of
> knowing in the other thread whether or not the code actually was
> exception-neutral and gives the basic gaurantee.

Exception-neutrality actually doesn't matter. The basic guarantee is a
reasonable base assumption. It's the same requirement that the standard
places on UDTs manipulated by the standard library.

> This is what I tried to
> point out in the second use case below (though I glossed over the fact
> there's ways to ensure this, i.e. the RAII mechanism, that don't actually
> catch the exception). I suppose we can document that the thread must
> this is the case, but then I'd expect people to question why exception
> propogation is being employed since that makes it more difficult to catch
> such programmer errors during QA.

I don't undertstand the above, but I'm not sure I need to...

> > > That said (again), I see two cases in which propogation could be
> > with
> > > explicit types:
> > >
> > > * The call is an autonomous task. Rare in my experience, but a very
> > valid
> > > use case.
> > > * The exception *was* properly handled within the thread (i.e. shared
> > > resources are gauranteed to be in a valid and expected state) but you
> > wish
> > > to "rethrow" the exception so that it propogates to the calling
> > > Also a valid use case, though I'd expect this idea will lead to many
> > > programmatic errors.
> > >
> > > Like Mr. Abrahams, I question whether or not we can implement this,
> >
> > I don't think that's quite my position. I think it's implementable, but
> > comes with a significant pile of limitations which people should be
> > of, and which might even make it not worth implementing.
> OK, sorry for the misunderstanding. I guess I don't see how it could be
> implemented. Everything I can think of will lead to sliced objects in at
> least some circumstances, making the utility very limited. Maybe that's
> what you mean by it not being worth implementing?


           David Abrahams * Boost Consulting
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