Summary: Add a clean way to exit a process.
--- Comment #0 from Leandro Lucarella <llu...@gmail.com> 2009-10-31 21:46:07
Created an attachment (id=485)
druntime patch (against svn r185)
Maybe I'm missing something, but I can't find any "standard" way to exit a
program cleanly. I can't just call C's exit() function because the stack
doesn't get unwinded so scope guards and other finally blocks are not executed.
This is bad if you want to do some cleanup. In my particular case, I create a
lock file so other instances of a program exit immediately if the lock file is
present, and I want to remove the lock file as soon as the program finishes. I
want to be able to call some exit() function in any part of the program for
I hacked a solution by adding all the program inside a try block, catching an
special "Exit" exception with a status attribute. If that exception is catched,
the program returns the exception's status code.
I think this is an useful feature that deserves being in the standard library,
and for that we need runtime support (that's why I added it to the druntime
component instead of Phobos, even when Phobos should be hacked too.
Attached are patches for druntime and phobos with this changes:
* Add a ProcessExit class to core.exception module (inherits from Object since
it's not a real exception and we don't want people catching it even when doing
a catch (Throwable)).
* Catch the new exception in tryExec() nested funtion from dmain2.d, even when
rt_trapExceptions is false (again, because is not really an exception), making
the status attribute the new program's exit code.
* Add a new void std.process.exit(int status). All it does is "throw new
ProcessExit(status);" to hide implementation details.
I don't know if std.process is the better module, maybe it should go somewhere
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