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14.5 Catching Unmanaged C++ Exceptions

Visual Studio .NET 2003

When an unmanaged C++ object of type U is thrown, it is "wrapped" with a common language runtime exception of type


When searching for the appropriate catch clause, if the type of the catch clause is an unmanaged C++ type, the thrown object is unwrapped and compared to the unmanaged C++ type. This enables an unmanaged C++ exception to be caught in the normal way.

However, if a catch clause of type SEHException or any of its base classes comes first, it will intercept the exception. It is therefore advisable to place all catch clauses that catch unmanaged C++ exceptions before any catch clauses of managed exceptions.

Note that




will both catch any thrown type including SEH exceptions.

If an unmanaged type is caught by catch(Object*), it will not destroy the thrown object.

When throwing or catching unmanaged C++ exceptions, one of the C++ exception handling compiler options must be used: /GX, /EHs, or /Eha.