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From: Greg Colvin (greg_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-01-10 11:53:40

----- Original Message -----
From: William Kempf <sirwillard_at_[hidden]>
> --- In boost_at_[hidden], "Greg Colvin" <greg_at_c...> wrote:
> > From: William Kempf <sirwillard_at_m...>
> > > That said, I would be very interested in a smart pointer that
> > > performed similarly to a full blown GC. In fact, I'd prefer this
> > > over a real GC. It would give me complete control when I needed it,
> > > including the use of RAII harnesses, while making it much simpler to
> > > program some constructs in which memory management is the hardest
> > > issue to deal with. So my personal vote would be for such a
> > > submission. I don't know if the circ_ptr in the vault qualifies, if
> > > what you have in mind should be considered instead, or if both have
> > > pros and cons and should both be considered/accepted.
> ...
> > And what is an RAII harness?
> Resource Acquisition In Initialization. It's the principle behind
> std::auto_ptr and numerous other C++ constructs. RAII is not
> possible (or feasable, at least) in garbage collected languages
> because you don't know when (or if) the object will be collected. So
> even if such a language included destructors (most don't) you rarely
> can make use of RAII harnesses.

You mean "resource acquisition IS initialization"? I'm very
familiar with auto_ptr, but I still don't what you mean by

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