g++ -Wl,--as-needed -pthread behaviour

Jakub Jelinek jakub@redhat.com
Tue Sep 24 12:45:00 GMT 2013

On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 01:34:52PM +0100, Jonathan Wakely wrote:
> On 24 September 2013 13:24, Jakub Jelinek wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 01:13:53PM +0100, Jonathan Wakely wrote:
> >> It's the std::thread constructor template that needs pthread_create.
> >> std::thread::join() needs pthread_join.
> >
> > Are any references to that needed in libstdc++.so.6, or just in headers?
> It's called from libstdc++-v3/src/c++11/thread.cc which ends up in
> libstdc++.so.6

Ah, then it has to use __gthread_create.

> > Having libstdc++.so.6 depend on libpthread.so is not a good idea, the
> > latter might be possible by just referencing pthread_* instead of
> > __gthread_* where you actually require it.
> For targets that don't use gthr-posix.h __gthread_create is not a
> wrapper for pthread_create.

Grep tells me that other gthr* headers don't define __gthread_create at all.

Anyway, either we just declare that people who use --as-needed without
thinking about the consequences get what they deserve, or you'd need to
keep the current std::thread::_M_start_thread as is in libstdc++.so.6, but
in newer headers inline it, perhaps under a different name (using pthread_create
rather than the wrapper).
I guess for other routines it isn't really needed, thread::join if
nobody started a thread doesn't look like a good idea, similarly detach.


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