33 Thread support library [thread]

33.4 Mutual exclusion [thread.mutex]

33.4.3 Mutex requirements [thread.mutex.requirements] Mutex types [thread.mutex.requirements.mutex] Class mutex [thread.mutex.class]

namespace std {
  class mutex {
    constexpr mutex() noexcept;

    mutex(const mutex&) = delete;
    mutex& operator=(const mutex&) = delete;

    void lock();
    bool try_lock();
    void unlock();

    using native_handle_type = implementation-defined; // See [thread.req.native]
    native_handle_type native_handle();                // See [thread.req.native]

The class mutex provides a non-recursive mutex with exclusive ownership semantics. If one thread owns a mutex object, attempts by another thread to acquire ownership of that object will fail (for try_­lock()) or block (for lock()) until the owning thread has released ownership with a call to unlock().

[Note: After a thread A has called unlock(), releasing a mutex, it is possible for another thread B to lock the same mutex, observe that it is no longer in use, unlock it, and destroy it, before thread A appears to have returned from its unlock call. Implementations are required to handle such scenarios correctly, as long as thread A doesn't access the mutex after the unlock call returns. These cases typically occur when a reference-counted object contains a mutex that is used to protect the reference count. end note]

The class mutex shall satisfy all of the mutex requirements. It shall be a standard-layout class.

[Note: A program may deadlock if the thread that owns a mutex object calls lock() on that object. If the implementation can detect the deadlock, a resource_­deadlock_­would_­occur error condition may be observed. end note]

The behavior of a program is undefined if it destroys a mutex object owned by any thread or a thread terminates while owning a mutex object.