--- Comment #35 from Richard Biener <rguenth at gcc dot gnu.org> ---
(In reply to Jonathan Wakely from comment #34)
> (In reply to Richard Biener from comment #33)
> > Probably impossible to fix without breaking the ABI again, but there should
> > have been two __throw_ios_failure entries (and callers be "versioned" as
> > well).
> I considered that, but for 99.99% of cases the caller is inside libstdc++.so
> not in user code (because the iostream classes are explicitly instantiated
> in the library), so there's no much point. The library is still only going
> to call one symbol, either the old one or the new one. For the other 0.01%
> of calls, having two versions of the function would be an ODR violation,
> which in practice would mean that non-inlined calls from different
> translation units have vague linkage and the linker discards all but one
> copy, which you'd have no control over whether it keeps a copy calling the
> new version or the old.
> To version the calls would have required either versioning the entire
> iostream hierarchy (and having two or each of std::cout, std::cin,
> std::cerr, and std::clog)
> or some nasty hack like every iostreams operation
> setting a thread-local variable to note whether the caller was new code or
> old code, and check that flag when throwing to decide which type to throw.
> But even that wouldn't be right, because the caller might be using one ABI
> and the location of the catch be using the other one. There's no good
Some kind of marshalling between the ABIs so std::ios_base::failure[abi:cxx11]
gets translated to std::ios_base::failure and thus can be catched?
> > At least the old symbol should have been preserved as backward compatible
> > and a new with a new version be added ... should have been ...
> Maybe, but again, since the caller is (almost always) in the library not in
> user code, the old symbol would never be called.
> Although __throw_ios_failure() is visible to user code, they shouldn't ever
> be calling it directly. It's not a public API.
The user code doesn't call this function - the library does so. But the
user code rightfully so expects to be able to catch exceptions thrown by
the library and that doesn't work anymore.
If that weren't so this very bug should have been closed as WONTFIX instead
of breaking the existing contract between libstdc++ and callers.
I have opened a new bug for the ABI regression.