Bug #1270

Using libexiv2.a/.lib in multhreaded app segfaults.

Added by Ben Touchette almost 5 years ago. Updated about 3 years ago.

Target version:
Start date:
13 Jan 2017
Due date:
% Done:


Estimated time:
2.00 h


I have a client that is using exiv2 as a library for their app and requires it to run multi-threaded. When launching several threads to access a tiff image the application will crash or segfault.

To reproduce run mt-test from the samples directory and have it access 10 or more tiff files. In my tests opening two to twenty images cause the issues, i used ReageanLargeTiff.tiff to test with in Linux and MacOS.

I am including a patch that resolves their issues and adds support for c++11 as well as switching between auto_ptr and unique_ptr depending if we are compiling with c++98 or c++11. This patch also adds a verbosity option when compiling to display more information. The patch sets the default to c++11 when compiling. This patch also adds a multi-thread test (

The current patch is only for CMake. Autoconf and the other build systems have yet to be modified to incorporate those changes.


mt_cpp11.diff (75.4 KB) mt_cpp11.diff multhithreading fix, c++11 support, verbosity switch, mt-test,.sh, switch to unique_ptr Ben Touchette, 13 Jan 2017 19:00
autoconf.diff (23.3 KB) autoconf.diff patch to add c++11 support to autoconf setup. Ben Touchette, 17 Jan 2017 19:25
cpp11-autoconf.diff (23.3 KB) cpp11-autoconf.diff autoconf changes Ben Touchette, 17 Feb 2017 18:02
cpp11-cmake.diff (3.02 KB) cpp11-cmake.diff cmake changes Ben Touchette, 17 Feb 2017 18:02
cpp11-uniqueptr.diff (63.3 KB) cpp11-uniqueptr.diff unique_ptr changes Ben Touchette, 17 Feb 2017 18:03
cpp11-mt.diff (7.3 KB) cpp11-mt.diff multithreading changes Ben Touchette, 17 Feb 2017 18:03

Related issues

Related to Exiv2 - Feature #1188: Provide build support for C++11Closed29 May 2016

Related to Exiv2 - Bug #1187: Crash while reading in parallel threadsClosed29 May 2016




Updated by Ben Touchette almost 5 years ago


Adding autoconf patch to support switch between c++11 and the previous c++ standards behavior.

Adds --disable-stdcpp11 switch to the configure script.

Behavior is in line with CMake patch.


Updated by Robin Mills almost 5 years ago

  • Category set to build
  • Status changed from New to Assigned
  • Assignee set to Robin Mills
  • Target version set to 0.26

Updated by Ben Touchette almost 5 years ago

To help i've separated the diffs into their basic component. Note that some the C++11 changes would most likely be needed for the xmp sdk split.


Updated by Ben Touchette almost 5 years ago

crap mouse clicked on the wrong button and missing the two next files.


Updated by Robin Mills over 4 years ago

  • Target version changed from 0.26 to 0.28


This is quite a large patch and SVN merge rejects part of the patch.

I'm pushing this to v0.27. I'm exhausted. I want to get the release/web-site published for Andreas to review. I'm willing to listen to any convincing reason to accept this for v0.26.


Updated by Robin Mills over 4 years ago

  • Target version changed from 0.28 to 0.27

I believe Ben has done this work and it's included in the cpp11-xmpsdk-split branch.


Updated by Robin Mills about 3 years ago

  • % Done changed from 0 to 10
  • Estimated time set to 10.00 h

Ben: Thank You for your hard work on this. I'm now getting ready for Exiv2 v0.27 RC1 which I hope will be released in October. GM for Christmas.

I will investigate this patch/code and submit appropriately to 'master'.


Updated by Robin Mills about 3 years ago

  • Status changed from Assigned to Closed
  • % Done changed from 10 to 100
  • Estimated time changed from 10.00 h to 2.00 h

I'm going to close this issue. We have now released exiv2 v0.27 RC1 on

We are being pushed by digiKam to ensure that multi-threading is given a lot of attention in Exiv2 v0.28.

Ben: I would like to thank you for your contribution to Exiv2 v0.27 and that I have acknowledged you at the top of the release notes.

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