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From: Markus Schöpflin (markus.schoepflin_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-06-24 05:07:00

Peter Dimov wrote:
> From: "Markus Schöpflin" <markus.schoepflin_at_[hidden]>


> > Ok, thanks for the clarification. Is there anywhere some design
> > rationale besides the FAQ where I can look up what should work
> > and what not and why it works the way it does?
> First let me clarify that this is not a problem with MSVC 6. 'Y *' can not
> be deduced from '0'.

Oops, now that you point it out it's kind of obvious.

> No, there is no rationale document yet. Sorry.

No need to apologize. I very much appreciate your work. I just
hoped there is something that would keep me from asking silly
questions or posting fixes to things that ain't broken. :-)

> The reason that the zero initialization doesn't work (1.28+) is that the two
> constructors are subtly different; ...
> > For me this behaviour is kind of surprising as auto_ptr does
> > have such a constructor.
> ... in the auto_ptr/scoped_ptr case, the default constructor _is_
> zero-initialization. shared_ptr's default constructor, however, does not
> require a complete type, and does not invoke 'delete' on destruction. The
> constructor that takes a raw pointer does require a complete type for the
> pointed-to object, and does invoke 'delete p' on destruction, where 'p' is
> the value passed to the constructor, complete with its original type.
> So if you say
> shared_ptr<void> px(static_cast<X*>(0));
> when 'px' is destructed, it will invoke
> delete static_cast<X*>(0);
> I could have made the simple case
> shared_ptr<int> px(0);
> work, but it's better not to; it is important to understand the difference.
> And of course,
> shared_ptr<void> px(0);
> won't work anyway, since void is incomplete.

Do I understand you correctly? I can use a shared_ptr<void> as some kind
of really smart pointer which will handle any type I happen to stuff
into it?


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