Re: Can initialization of static class members be forced before main?

=?ISO-8859-1?Q?Marcel_M=FCller?= <>
Thu, 03 Apr 2008 18:25:53 +0200
Carsten Fuchs schrieb:

is it possible to guarantee that a static member of a class that is in a
different compilation unit than main(), is still initialized before main()?


My intention is to have "self registering" classes, by having them have
a static member object named "typeinfo" whose constructor adds itself to
a global list.


Is there a way to make sure that such initialization is not deferred
(either for all nonlocal objects with static storage duration, or just
for a set of selected ones), but completed before main() begins?

Your Problem is not main() but the initialization sequence of the static
objects. Your repository is static as well and there is no guarantee the
this global list is initialized before the desired classes.

Either do the lifetime-management of this singleton (the static list) on
your own by providing a getInstance() method or ensure that the insert
to the list is done by a function in the same translation unit where the
list is defined.


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