Re: Windows' ExitThread() and clasess' destructors

red floyd <>
Sat, 15 Oct 2011 08:59:29 -0700 (PDT)
On 10/15/2011 5:18 AM, Camilo Bravo Vald?s wrote:


I have read that some Windows API functions like ExitThread() do not
call the destructors of classes. Is this true? Is then useless to
follow the RAII principle when working with the Windows API? Are there
"safer" versions of this function?
{ OS independant replies only please - mod}

I think this is common to all threading API's. C++11 may fix this,
but if you're using an C++03 compiler, try defining a special exception,
and catch it only in the top level thread function. The exception
propagation will call your destructors and then when you exit the top
level thread function, the thread will terminate.

struct TerminateThread {
  int const exit_code;
  TerminateThread(int x) : exit_code(x) { }

int thread_function()
   try {
       // do stuff
       // exit normally
   catch (TerminateThread e) {
       return e.exit_code;

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