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Bug 1517473 - A C++ exception of type 'std::ios_base::failure' is being thrown which is not handled by the exception handler
Summary: A C++ exception of type 'std::ios_base::failure' is being thrown which is not...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gcc
Version: 25
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jakub Jelinek
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2017-11-25 20:15 UTC by Luc Bougé
Modified: 2017-12-21 18:38 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2017-12-12 10:03:34 UTC

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Test program (deleted)
2017-11-25 20:15 UTC, Luc Bougé
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Description Luc Bougé 2017-11-25 20:15:09 UTC
Created attachment 1359024 [details]
Test program

Description of problem:

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
gcc version 6.4.1 20170727 (Red Hat 6.4.1-1) (GCC) 

How reproducible:
Compile and run the attached program

Steps to Reproduce

1. Compile: g++ -o test
2. Run: ./test

Actual results:

   Caught an unknown exception

Expected results:

   Caught an ios_base::failure

Additional info:

According to the C++ documentation <>, the program should write "Caught an ios_base::failure". 

When compiled with g++ (and also clang++), it instead writes  "Caught an unknown exception". 

Searching the Web for the explanation, I found the following page <>, dated June 2014, titled: 

   A C++ exception of type 'std::ios_base::failure' is being thrown 
   which is not handled by the exception handler

It exactly describes the observed problem. It explains it is due to a bugged version of the libgcc library.

   This package "libgcc-4.1-32bit-4.1.2_20070115-0.2.x86_64" has provided 
   its own /lib/ file, a non standard (third party) /lib/
   supplied by a third party. This can override (and change) behaviour in the
   libstdc++ libraries exception handling abilities.

Here is my current /lib/libgcc file.

$ ll /lib/libgcc*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 116520 Jul 27 13:34 /lib/
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root     28 Jul 27 13:30 /lib/ ->

Comment 1 Jonathan Wakely 2017-11-27 11:31:12 UTC
This is expected behaviour, due to the dual abi:

GCC 6 throws the old ios::failure type from the library, so the catch either needs to catch std::exception& instead, or the code containing the catch needs to be compiled using the old ABI, i.e. _GLIBCXX_USE_CXX11_ABI=0

Comment 2 Jonathan Wakely 2017-11-27 11:32:34 UTC
(It has nothing to do with libgcc)

Comment 3 Fedora End Of Life 2017-12-12 10:03:34 UTC
Fedora 25 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2017-12-12. Fedora 25 is
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further
security or bug fix updates. As a result we are closing this bug.

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Comment 4 Luc Bougé 2017-12-21 18:38:02 UTC
Thanks to Jonathan for his pointer. It perfectly explains the behavior observed by my students. And it teaches something new to their teacher! Best regards, Luc.

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