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From: Rene Rivera (grafik666_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-07-23 17:02:57

[2002-07-23] Craig Henderson wrote:

>> There's a trick I use to get rid of the need for "extra" template
>> that might be usefull here...
>> template<typename Target, typename Source, typename E>
>> inline Target lexical_cast(Source arg, E& interpreter =
>> (*reinterpret_cast<E*>(0))
>> ...
>I'm not sure that dereferencing a null pointer in this way to create a
>reference this is a good idea. Not least, my test on MSVC does not compile:
> short &t = *(reinterpret_cast<short*>(0));
>generates an error
> error C2040: 't' : 'short &' differs in levels of indirection from

Not usually a good idea unless you have tight control of it's use. It's too
bad MSVC chokes on it though :-(

>my g++ 2.95.3-5 on cygwin compiles it without error and runs, but as soon
>the variable t is accessed, it generates a Segmentation Fault - I guess an
>Access Violation alternative.

This is part of the tigh control, you would obviously have to check to
ensure you actually have an object... if (&t != 0)... etc.

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