Re: when delete do not call destructor

S S <>
Thu, 5 Mar 2009 07:06:11 -0800 (PST)
On Mar 5, 7:54 pm, Victor Bazarov <> wrote:

S S wrote:

What can be the situations when delete does not call destructor? I
have overloaded operator delete.

delete operator and operator delete are different things. The former
calls the destructor, the latter is your overloaded deallocation function=


class A{
public: is also overloaded
void operator delete(void* p, size_t n) {deallocate(p, n);}
~A() {}

When I call
delete A;

That's almost impossible. 'A' is the name of the type. Please post
real code.

It gives error,
*** glibc detected *** free(): invalid pointer: 0x00000003ffff01480

How was the pointer obtained? Did you 'new' it? Or did you just tak=


the address of a static variable or an automatic variable? Are you by
chance trying to delete something twice?

It gives below stack trace,
#0 0x000000328d42e25d in raise () from /lib64/tls/
#1 0x000000328d42fa5e in abort () from /lib64/tls/
#2 0x000000328d4635e1 in __libc_message () from /lib64/tls/
#3 0x000000328d4691ee in _int_free () from /lib64/tls/
#4 0x000000328d469586 in free () from /lib64/tls/
#5 0x0000002a9bf9ff3e in operator delete () from /usr/lib64/libstdc+

I think delete do not take me to my deallocation routine and try to
free the memory itself which of course do not exist. Memory exist is
my own created heap which must be deallocated (effectively my
deallocation routine should be called)

Besides setting breakpoint in destructor does not reach there. I think
delete must always call destructor?

Yes. But I don't think it's the issue here. It calls the destructor
and *then* deallocates memory. You will not see the destructor in the
call stack *unless* you put the breakpoint in the destructor itself.

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Hi Victor

I can not write full code as it is 20000 lines kind of copywrite
thing. But I am writing below required details,
class A{
void *operator new(size_t, void *p) {return(p);}

void *operator new(size_t n) throw(std::bad_alloc)
{ My_allocation_routine(&someInternalVar, n);}

void operator delete(void* p, size_t n) {My_deallocation_routine(p,
~A() {}

I did,

A* obj = new A;
delete obj;

I set breakpoint in destructor of this class, it does not reach there.
Don't know why?
The other error I get is the one I wrote above in my last mail, and I
assume I get that *** free ** error because My_deallocation_routine is
not called. And My_allocation_routine do not use malloc to create
heap. It is direct mmap call with fixed addresses. When free() is
invoked for the pointer which is created in my_own_heap, it won't find
that pointer is sbrk() heap and hence shows such error.


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