Is Poco::format thread-safe?

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Is Poco::format thread-safe?

Postby dpa » 11 Aug 2013, 21:55


the function Poco::format(...) is defined in Foundation/src/Format.cpp, and it calls formatOne() from the same file. In turn, formatOne() calls std::locale::classic() , when the Poco libraries are compiled without defining POCO_NO_LOCALE . Calling later Poco::format () from different threads leads to not synchronized access to std::locale from that threads.

The documentation of Poco::format () at does not mention these details. Please amend the later to indicate, that when the libraries are compiled without #define POCO_NO_LOCALE, the function Poco::format() is not thread-safe.

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Re: Is Poco::format thread-safe?

Postby guenter » 12 Aug 2013, 12:57

I'm would really surprise me if std::locale::classic() would not be thread safe on all major platforms.

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Re: Is Poco::format thread-safe?

Postby dpa » 15 Aug 2013, 00:28

I have found the problem, while I was running Poco with libstdc++ from gcc473 over valgrind/helgrind. The inconsistency comes from the file
gcc-4.7.3/libstdc++-v3/src/c++98/, line 87

// This is used to initialize global and classic locales, and
// assumes that the _Impl objects are constructed correctly.
// The lack of a reference increment is intentional.
locale::locale(_Impl* __ip) throw() : _M_impl(__ip)
{ }

to be exact in "_M_impl(__ip)" . Somehow two threads try to set the same _M_impl here without synchronizing each other.

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