Issue #6647 has been updated by headius (Charles Nutter).


I started prototyping a callback version and ran into some complexities I could not easily resolve:

* How does abort_on_exception= interact with a callback system?
** I tried implementing abort_on_exception=true to use a builtin callback that raises in Thread.main, but should abort_on_exception=true blow away a previously-set callback?
** Similarly: should abort_on_exception=false reset to a do-nothing callback?
** If neither of these, how do we combine callback and abort_on_exception behavior?
* Seems like there should be a Thread.default_exception_handler you can set once for all future threads.

My concern is that bikeshedding a callback API -- as useful as it might be -- will cause further delays in the more important behavior of having threads report that they terminated due to an exception.
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Bug #6647: Exceptions raised in threads should be logged
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/6647#change-30979

Author: headius (Charles Nutter)
Status: Assigned
Priority: Normal
Assignee: matz (Yukihiro Matsumoto)
Category: core
Target version: 2.0.0
ruby -v: head


Many applications and users I have dealt with have run into bugs due to Ruby's behavior of quietly swallowing exceptions raised in threads. I believe this is a bug, and threads should always at least log exceptions that bubble all the way out and terminate them.

The implementation should be simple, but I'm not yet familiar enough with the MRI codebase to provide a patch. The exception logging should be logged in the same way top-level exceptions get logged, but perhaps with information about the thread that was terminated because of the exception.

Here is a monkey patch that simulates what I'm hoping to achieve with this bug:


class << Thread
  alias old_new new

  def new(*args, &block)
    old_new(*args) do |*bargs|
      begin
        block.call(*bargs)
      rescue Exception => e
        raise if Thread.abort_on_exception || Thread.current.abort_on_exception
        puts "Thread for block #{block.inspect} terminated with exception: #{e.message}"
        puts e.backtrace.map {|line| "  #{line}"}
      end
    end
  end
end

Thread.new { 1 / 0 }.join
puts "After thread"   

__END__

Output:

system ~/projects/jruby $ ruby thread_error.rb 
Thread for block #<Proc:0x000000010d008a80 / thread_error.rb:17> terminated with exception: divided by 0
  thread_error.rb:17:in `/'
  thread_error.rb:17
  thread_error.rb:7:in `call'
  thread_error.rb:7:in `new'
  thread_error.rb:5:in `initialize'
  thread_error.rb:5:in `old_new'
  thread_error.rb:5:in `new'
  thread_error.rb:17
After thread



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