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Thinking in C++
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What to do

There are three approaches to dealing with this problem:

  1. Don’t do it. Avoiding static initialization dependencies is the best solution.
  2. If you must do it, put the critical static object definitions in a single file, so you can portably control their initialization by putting them in the correct order.
  3. If you’re convinced it’s unavoidable to scatter static objects across translation units – as in the case of a library, where you can’t control the programmer who uses it – there are two programmatic techniques
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