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From: Douglas Gregor (gregod_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-01-17 15:12:24

On Thursday 17 January 2002 02:02 pm, you wrote:
> In regards to other comments on release(), in an ideal world it would
> not be necessary, but the real world contains other languages besides
> C++, and legacy APIs that are not optional. Providing some control
> over whether release() is exposed will only mean that the class can
> conditionally be made useless.

There appears to be a lot of animosity aimed at release(). Am I correct in
assuming that many here would prefer the removal of release() even from
std::auto_ptr? I've found release() to be quite useful if I need to allocate
several resources at once that won't be assigned to other smart pointers
immediately. For instance, I have several times written the following:

std::auto_ptr<type1> p1 = new type1(...);
std::auto_ptr<type2> p2 = new type2(...);
std::auto_ptr<type3> p3 = new type3(...);

// do lots of frightening exception-throwing stuff

// danger of exceptions is gone, and the allocated pointers have
// safely been stored in other places .


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