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

Alex Denisov via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu Jun 21 03:28:46 PDT 2018

Now I see, thanks.

There is no need to do it exactly the same way as OrcMCJITReplacement does.
What you need is to get list of constructors and destructors functions from a module. You can just reuse this code snippet in your code:

Then, before running main (or whatever else function you want to run) you just iterate through the list of constructors, ask JIT for a pointer to a constructor given it's mangled name, and just run it as you would run any other function.
After running main do the same for destructors.

We do it the same way and it seemed to be working (code is a bit messy, but you get the idea):

I hope it helps.


> On 21. Jun 2018, at 09:27, Geoff Levner <glevner at gmail.com> wrote:
> When OrcMCJITReplacement is given a new module, it asks for the module's constructors, gives them names like $static_ctor.0, $static_ctor.1, etc., and saves the mangled names in a map. Later, to execute them, it uses runViaLayer(), which looks for those symbol names in the given JIT layer. Could one not simply execute the constructors straight away, rather than naming them and looking them up by name later, if there is only one module?
> On Wed, 20 Jun 2018 at 23:08, Alex Denisov <1101.debian at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Geoff,
> As far as I know there is no "simple" way to do that.
> > I would prefer to avoid having to invent secret names for constructors, play with their linkage and visibility, and generally get involved in things I don't understand...
> What do you mean by "invent secret names"? If you don't need to JIT native object files, but only bitcode, then MCJIT' approach should work. Just use that "snippet" in your code :)
> > On 19. Jun 2018, at 17:54, Geoff Levner <glevner at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Alex's advice I am switching from MCJIT to the Orc API to compile and execute functions. Starting from the new clang-interpreter example in the source code (top of the tree!), I am able to execute my functions all right... as long as there are no constructors and destructors to call.
> >
> > My question: is there a simple way, with the Orc API, to run a module's constructors and destructors? I see how OrcMCJITReplacement does it, calling getConstructors() and getDestructors() when a module is added, and running them later using a layer, but is there maybe a simpler way that I am missing? I would prefer to avoid having to invent secret names for constructors, play with their linkage and visibility, and generally get involved in things I don't understand...
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Geoff
> >
> > On Fri, 15 Jun 2018 at 11:23, Alex Denisov <1101.debian at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 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.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Alex.
> >
> > > 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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