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From: Pavel Vasiliev (pavel_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-02-03 08:31:35

I would like to offer for discussion one more implementation of
reference counting smart pointer. It has taken much of the design
from boost::shared_ptr/weak_ptr and is quite similar to it, but
supports different types of reference counting (intrusive, semi-
intrusive, non-intrusive + weak references, dummy reference
counting) within a single smart pointer class. The library is also
more performance-oriented and has extra tools implemented.

Please find more info in the Readme at

I am not sure that there is a place for another one smart pointer
library in Boost. That is why I have not made complete
"boostification". Nevertheless I would be grateful for any comment
that will help it to mature.

Complete package:
(About 63K. Includes examples and preliminary documentation)

Also there is a question related to boost::shared_ptr: what the
drawbacks would be in implementing it via void*? I mean

template<class T> class shared_ptr
  void * px;
  detail::shared_count pn;
  T * get() const
     return static_cast<T*>(px);

The advantage is that with void*-based implementation all
shared_ptr<>’s are layout-compatible and thus std containers may
be specialized for shared_ptr to reduce code bloat (since not all
linkers are as smart as MSVC++).

Probably this was already discussed and declined. Currently I see
the two issues: slight performance degradation on some platforms
(which platforms?) and prohibition of the get() method for
incomplete types. What else?


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