[llvm-dev] runStaticConstructorsDestructors() causes crash on exit

Alex Denisov via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Fri Jun 15 02:23:48 PDT 2018

Hi Geoff,

I hit the same problem some time ago.
The problem that atexit handlers are registered from the JITted code, and the handlers point to the memory allocated by JIT.
When the host program exits it calls the atexit handlers, but the memory is already deallocated by JIT.
That's basically the reason of the crash.

From what I see ExecutionEngine and MCJIT do not provide any helpful API for this case.
I can only recommend switching to Orc APIs in this case: there you can use custom symbol resolver and redirect atexit functions to your own function(s).
That function would record atexit handlers, which you can call manually after running your program.
Orc APIs even provide a class for that: orc::LocalCXXRuntimeOverrides.

I think this is the right place to ask such questions.
Otherwise, feel free to ping me on #llvm (AlexDenisov) if you need some hints on how to JIT native code using Orc APIs.

I hope it helps.


> On 14. Jun 2018, at 12:44, Geoff Levner via llvm-dev <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
> Greetings, LLVM wizards.
> I am using clang to compile a C++ module, and an ExecutionEngine (MCJIT) to execute a function it defines. That works (or pretends to). However, if I call the module's constructors first:
> exec_engine->runStaticConstructorsDestructors(false);
> exec_engine->runFunctionAsMain(function, argvec, NULL);
> execution still works, but my program crashes when it exits, in __run_exit_handlers(). I can't tell from gdb what exit handler is crashing, but no calls are made to atexit() or on_exit(); all exit handlers are installed via __cxa_atexit().
> This may or may not be meaningful, but I am forced to compile with -fno-use-cxa-atexit, otherwise clang complains that __dso_handle could not be resolved.
> Any guidance would be MUCH appreciated. I am at a loss... Also, if you know of a better place to look for help than this mailing list, that would be appreciated, too.
> Thanks,
> Geoff
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