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Subject: Re: [boost] The noexcept Specifier & Block
From: Gabriel Dos Reis (gdr_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-04-17 11:53:45

On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 10:27 AM, Alexander Terekhov <terekhov_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Gabriel Dos Reis wrote:
>> On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 6:55 AM, Alexander Terekhov <terekhov_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> > Gabriel Dos Reis wrote:
>> >>
>> >> On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 7:11 PM, Alexander Terekhov <terekhov_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> >> > Scott McMurray wrote:
>> >> > [...]
>> >> >> I don't see how you're going to get the "at throw point" you're asking for.
>> >> >
>> >> > Two-phase EH.
>> >>
>> >> An implementation strategy used by some compilers. It is not
>> >> something required by C++. It is mysterious why some popular
>> >> compilers insist on using that strategy when they know they are
>> >> dealing with C++ applications.
>> >
>> > Because that strategy allows to not unwind the stack for unexpected
>> > exceptions.
>> So, now we are talking of cost of doing something
>> not required by C++ semantics; rarely used in practice,
>> but with a cost imposed on those who don't want it. A strategy
>> that hurts performance of C++ programs.
> Wow. Are you sure?


> Let all the folks like
> know about such disastrous nature of two-phase EH.

That document only provides the complement to the psABI for the so-called
'common vendor ABI' with its 'official' website at

And quoting for the document:

 # A two-phase exception-handling model is not strictly necessary to implement
 # C++ language semantics, but it does provide some benefits. For example,
 # the first phase allows an exception-handling mechanism to dismiss an
 # exception before stack unwinding begins, which allows resumptive exception
 # handling (correcting the exceptional condition and resuming execution at
 # the point where it was raised). While C++ does not support resumptive
 # exception handling, other languages do, and the two-phase model allows
 # C++ to coexist with those languages on the stack.

How many industrial strength languages support resumptive exception handling?

-- Gaby

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