thread_local std::unique_ptr release not calling destructor


Why isn't the destructor called in <a href="http://coliru.stacked-crooked.com/a/aacad1384aa6eda8" rel="nofollow">this code</a>:

#include <iostream> #include <thread> #include <memory> class base { public: base() { std::cout << "base()" << std::endl; } virtual ~base() { std::cout << "~base()" << std::endl; } base(const base&) = delete; base(base&&) = delete; base& operator=(const base&) = delete; base& operator=(base&&) = delete; }; class derived final : public base { public: derived() { std::cout << "derived()" << std::endl; } virtual ~derived() { std::cout << "~derived()" << std::endl; } }; void foo() { static thread_local std::unique_ptr<base> ptr; if (!ptr) { std::cout << "new ptr:" << std::this_thread::get_id() << std::endl; ptr.reset(new derived()); } else { std::cout << "release ptr:" << std::this_thread::get_id() << std::endl; ptr.release(); // I would expect the destructor to be called here?! } } void thread_main() { foo(); foo(); } int main() { std::thread thread1(thread_main); thread1.join(); return 0; }


new ptr:140671459997440 base() derived() release ptr:140671459997440

I would expect:

new ptr:140671459997440 base() derived() release ptr:140671459997440 ~derived() ~base()

Using gcc 4.9.1


Replace ptr.release(); with ptr.reset();.


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