Is invoking exit(2) in a library the right thing to do?

Marco d'Itri md at Linux.IT
Mon Nov 5 16:00:22 CET 2007

On Nov 05, Werner Koch <wk at> wrote:

> > I still do not consider calling exit(2) in a library acceptable under
> > any condition.
> So you want abort () instead?  I consider this a bad option in this case
> because exit handlers would not be run.
I the function to fail with something like an error code.

> Given the reluctance of many programmers to properly check error codes
> and act accordingly, there is no choice in critical situation than to
> terminate the process.
I still disagree.

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