[cfe-dev] ThreadSanitizer in 3.5 nightly appears to incorrectly schedule calls to atexit handlers

Andrew C. Morrow andrew.c.morrow at gmail.com
Thu Aug 21 12:03:49 PDT 2014

Hi -

I'm using the clang 3.5 builds from http://llvm.org/apt/ on Ubuntu 14.04:

$clang --version
Ubuntu clang version 3.5-1ubuntu1 (trunk) (based on LLVM 3.5)
Target: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
Thread model: posix

The following program calls the Logger destructor after calling the
registered atexit handler, since the logger object was constructed before
the call to atexit:

$ cat ./tsan_vs_atexit.cpp
#include <cstdio>
#include <cstdlib>

class Logger {
    Logger() {
        std::printf("Logger ctor\n");

    void log(const char* msg) {
        std::printf("%s", msg);

    ~Logger() {
        std::printf("Logger dtor\n");

Logger logger;

void log_from_atexit() {
    logger.log("In log_from_atexit\n");

int main(int argc, char* argv[]) {
    return EXIT_SUCCESS;

$ clang++ -std=c++03 -fPIE -pie ./tsan_vs_atexit.cpp
$ ./a.out
Logger ctor
In log_from_atexit
Logger dtor

However, if I enable the thread sanitizer, now the atexit call is sequenced
after the call to destroy logger.

$ clang++ -std=c++03 -fPIE -pie -fsanitize=thread ./tsan_vs_atexit.cpp
$ ./a.out
Logger ctor
Logger dtor
In log_from_atexit

Unless I've misunderstood the C++03 language around std::atexit that
ordering is incorrect.

A quick google search didn't find much. Is this a known issue, or is the
ordering not specified in C++03 as I thought?

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