- Feature Name: exit
- Start Date: 2015-03-24
- RFC PR: rust-lang/rfcs#1011
- Rust Issue: (leave this empty)
Add a function to the
std::process module to exit the process immediately with
a specified exit code.
Currently there is no stable method to exit a program in Rust with a nonzero
exit code without panicking. The current unstable method for doing so is by
exit_status feature with the
This function has not been stabilized as it diverges from the system APIs (there
is no equivalent) and it represents an odd piece of global state for a Rust
program to have. One example of odd behavior that may arise is that if a library
env::set_exit_status, then the process is not guaranteed to exit with
that status (e.g. Rust was called from C).
The purpose of this RFC is to provide at least one method on the path to stabilization which will provide a method to exit a process with an arbitrary exit code.
The following function will be added to the
/// Terminates the current process with the specified exit code. /// /// This function will never return and will immediately terminate the current /// process. The exit code is passed through to the underlying OS and will be /// available for consumption by another process. /// /// Note that because this function never returns, and that it terminates the /// process, no destructors on the current stack or any other thread's stack /// will be run. If a clean shutdown is needed it is recommended to only call /// this function at a known point where there are no more destructors left /// to run. pub fn exit(code: i32) -> !;
This function is also not marked
unsafe, despite the risk of leaking
allocated resources (e.g. destructors may not be run). It is already possible
to safely create memory leaks in Rust, however, (with
this is not considered a strong enough threshold to mark the function as
- This API does not solve all use cases of exiting with a nonzero exit status.
It is sometimes more convenient to simply return a code from the
mainfunction instead of having to call a separate function in the standard library.
One alternative would be to stabilize
set_exit_statusas-is today. The semantics of the function would be clearly documented to prevent against surprises, but it would arguably not prevent all surprises from arising. Some reasons for not pursuing this route, however, have been outlined in the motivation.
mainfunction of binary programs could be altered to require an
i32return value. This would greatly lessen the need to stabilize this function as-is today as it would be possible to exit with a nonzero code by returning a nonzero value from
main. This is a backwards-incompatible change, however.
mainfunction of binary programs could optionally be typed as
fn() -> i32instead of just
fn(). This would be a backwards-compatible change, but does somewhat add complexity. It may strike some as odd to be able to define the
mainfunction with two different signatures in Rust. Additionally, it's likely that the
exitfunctionality proposed will be desired regardless of whether the main function can return a code or not.
- To what degree should the documentation imply that
rt::at_exithandlers are run? Implementation-wise their execution is guaranteed, but we may not wish for this to always be so.