[Haskell-cafe] Re: Proper exception handling

Simon Marlow simonmarhaskell at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 10:21:30 EST 2008

Stefan O'Rear wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 02:49:39PM -0500, Thomas DuBuisson wrote:
>> Cafe,
>> Fact 1: ghc{,i} does not crash when executing this code.
>> Fact 2: I do not want this to crash.
>> Question: Is there some theoretical window between the 'catchDyn' exception handling and the recursive call to 'catchThatDamnError' that could result in an unhandled exception? (of type 'DynError', of coarse)
>> I suppose I am looking for an answer to this question from a language standpoint as well as a compiler pov.
>> As an aside: I see at least one way to be certain of the safty by wrapping the call to forkIO in 'catchDyn', reforking if an exception is caught, and passing the new ThreadId to throwConstantly via shared mutable state - I'd like to avoid all this if my current example is safe.
>> Thomas
> Asynchronous exceptions are blocked in handlers, so there is no window -
> infact all exceptions after the first won't be delivered at all.
> However, you could be unlucky enough to throw the first error before the
> first catchDyn, so more synchronisation might be needed.

In 6.8.2, forkIO inherits the blocked status from the parent, so you can say

    block $ forkIO ...

to avoid this race.


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