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global std::vector causes memory leaks?

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When I was trying to track down a rather strange memory leak, I traced it to a static vector<int>. I found that the problem could also be duplicated using a global variable as well, as follows:
#include <vector>

vector<int> myVec(5);

int main()
{
  
  return 0;
}

Why exactly is this an automatic memory leak? Shouldn't it's dynamic array be deleted when the destructor is called?

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Yes, but the destructor is not called until after main has exited, therefore many leak detectors will give a false-positive (because they run just before main exits, or perhaps they also run after main but the order is non-deterministic [that is, they may run before the destructor is called, or they may run after]).

What are you using to detect the leak.

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