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Subject: Re: [boost] Thread (win32) and current_thread_tls_key issues
From: Vicente J. Botet Escriba (vicente.botet_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-07-02 13:11:20

Le 02/07/12 10:50, Pekka Seppänen a écrit :
> Hi,
> Currently Threads's Win32 TLS implementation uses a global static variable
> thread::current_thread_tls_key that is defined in src/win32/thread.cpp. As you
> may know, static variables have a tendency of not being allocated in a very
> specific order.
> Say, that you have a statically allocated class A that ends up calling
> thread::set_current_thread_data() (eg. uses thread::thread_specific_ptr). If
> compiler initializes this class before it initializes current_thread_tls_key
> (this did happen to me on MSVC9) things go boom:
> a) Compiler initializes class A, thread::set_current_thread_data() is called,
> thread::create_current_thread_tls_key() is called once (as expected) and
> ::TlsAlloc() result is stored to thread::current_thread_tls_key.
> b) Compiler initializes thread::current_thread_tls_key, TLS_OUT_OF_INDEXES is
> stored and, as you may guess,
> c) Any following thread::set_current_thread_data calls will fail as the
> proper result from ::TlsAlloc() was overwritten.
> Don't know why this haven't happened before, as previous versions use a static
> variable, too. Maybe some compilers (MSVC in this case) omit initialization
> code unless initial value is a non-zero (as with TLS_OUT_OF_INDEXES
> [0xffffffff] in this case) value.
> I propose that thread::current_thread_tls_key is moved to a static function
> that sole purpose is to return reference to that variable (and thus ensure
> that current_thread_tls_key is initialized before it is used for the first
> time). Also, move thread::current_thread_tls_init_flag to
> thread::set_current_thread_data() to make sure this won't happen to that, too.
> Attached a patch that does the above trick (did move TLS_OUT_OF_INDEXES back
> to a macro as otherwise the code got too cumbersome, does get undef'd unless
> it was already defined by Winapi). If you like it, I can submit a ticket to
> Trac that includes the patch.
> (Haven't looked what happens during destruction, but guess it's not safe to
> use TLS features thru Thread.)

Thanks for the report and the deep analysis.

Please, create a ticket, I will give it a try soon.

A test case that shows the problem and that your patch is a solution
would be much appreciated.


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