misc-throw-by-value-catch-by-reference

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Finds violations of the rule “Throw by value, catch by reference” presented for example in “C++ Coding Standards” by H. Sutter and A. Alexandrescu.

Exceptions:
  • Throwing string literals will not be flagged despite being a pointer. They are not susceptible to slicing and the usage of string literals is idomatic.
  • Catching character pointers (char, wchar_t, unicode character types) will not be flagged to allow catching sting literals.
  • Moved named values will not be flagged as not throwing an anonymous temporary. In this case we can be sure that the user knows that the object can’t be accessed outside catch blocks handling the error.
  • Throwing function parameters will not be flagged as not throwing an anonymous temporary. This allows helper functions for throwing.
  • Re-throwing caught exception variables will not be flragged as not throwing an anonymous temporary. Although this can usually be done by just writing throw; it happens often enough in real code.

Options

CheckThrowTemporaries

Triggers detection of violations of the rule Throw anonymous temporaries. Default is 1.

WarnOnLargeObject

Also warns for any large, trivial object caught by value. Catching a large object by value is not dangerous but affects the performance negatively. The maximum size of an object allowed to be caught without warning can be set using the MaxSize option. Default is 0.

MaxSize

Determines the maximum size of an object allowed to be caught without warning. Only applicable if WarnOnLargeObject is set to 1. If option is set by the user to std::numeric_limits<uint64_t>::max() then it reverts to the default value. Default is the size of size_t.