[swift-dev] No return functions and program exit

Jordan Rose jordan_rose at apple.com
Mon Feb 6 13:44:52 CST 2017

> On Feb 6, 2017, at 11:25, Joe Groff via swift-dev <swift-dev at swift.org> wrote:
>> On Feb 6, 2017, at 11:22 AM, Michael Gottesman <mgottesman at apple.com> wrote:
>> Here is my suggestion:
>> 1. We assume by default the leaking case.
>> 2. We change noreturn functions from C to maybe have a special semantic tag on them that says that cleanups should occur before them (i.e. UIApplicationMain).

I'm not sure what you mean by this. Functions from C exist in both groups, and I don't see why one assumption is better than the other.

> I feel that "clean up before" is the safer ground case, and if we do any work to whitelist a group, it should be for the common "leakable" noreturns, like exit/_exit/abort/fatalError. That way, we momentarily burn some pointless cycles in the case we get it "wrong" rather than permanently leak memory.

I don't like this because of the reverse issue: under -Onone, you may want to pop back up the stack in the debugger and see what values you had, and they won't be available. It's almost always possible to get things released sooner; usually more awkward to get them to stay alive.

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