std::defer_lock_t, std::try_to_lock_t, std::adopt_lock_t

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Thread support library
this_thread namespace
Mutual exclusion
Generic lock management
Condition variables
struct defer_lock_t { };
(since C++11)
struct try_to_lock_t { };
(since C++11)
struct adopt_lock_t { };
(since C++11)

std::defer_lock_t, std::try_to_lock_t and std::adopt_lock_t are empty struct tag types used to specify locking strategy for std::lock_guard, std::unique_lock and std::shared_lock.

Type Effect(s)
defer_lock_t do not acquire ownership of the mutex
try_to_lock_t try to acquire ownership of the mutex without blocking
adopt_lock_t assume the calling thread already has ownership of the mutex

[edit] Example

#include <mutex>
#include <thread>
struct bank_account {
    explicit bank_account(int balance) : balance(balance) {}
    int balance;
    std::mutex m;
void transfer(bank_account &from, bank_account &to, int amount)
    // attempt to lock both mutexes without deadlock
    std::lock(from.m, to.m);
    // make sure both already-locked mutexes are unlocked when 
    // we're done; if we just used the lock_guard without std::lock
    // and std::adopt_lock, we might deadlock with other calls to transfer
    std::lock_guard<std::mutex> lock1(from.m, std::adopt_lock);
    std::lock_guard<std::mutex> lock2(to.m, std::adopt_lock);
    from.balance -= amount;
    to.balance += amount;
int main()
    bank_account my_account(100);
    bank_account your_account(50);
    std::thread t1(transfer, std::ref(my_account), std::ref(your_account), 10);
    std::thread t2(transfer, std::ref(your_account), std::ref(my_account), 5);

[edit] See also

tag constants used to specify locking strategy
(constant) [edit]
constructs a lock_guard, optionally locking the given mutex
(public member function of std::lock_guard) [edit]
constructs a unique_lock, optionally locking the supplied mutex
(public member function of std::unique_lock) [edit]