Subject: Re: [boost] [Thread] Win32 exception handling
From: Matt Gruenke (mgruenke_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-11-25 14:01:34
Some compilers (certainly GCC) have the ability to preserve the
stackframe from the time it was thrown (!), for uncaught exceptions. If
you catch (...), then the destructors of all the locals will execute and
you'll lose some information that could be instrumental in tracking down
the cause of the exception.
For that reason, among others, it's good to avoid the catch/rethrow
The catch (...) is one of the reasons we don't use boost::thread. I
even filed a bug on it:
Chris Newbold wrote:
>> From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden] [mailto:boost-
>> bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of David Abrahams
>> I talked to an organization a few days ago that wasn't using
>> Boost.Thread because of the catch(...) clause in the thread launching
> Are you referring specifically to the catch(...) in thread_start_function?
>> They wanted the usual Win32 termination behavior (where you
>> get a stack backtrace) instead. While that might seem like a silly
>> reason not to use Boost.Thread, it's legitimate.
> Doesn't the call to std::terminate() from that catch(...) block result in the application dying in a manner which allows the debugger to intervene?
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