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From: David B. Held (dheld_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-02-06 15:13:12

"David B. Held" <dheld_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> > > [...]
> > > I mean, the optimally_inherit eliminates the empty bases, and
> > > yet there is size bloat. So VC++ makes the class bigger for
> > > some other reason than that it has empty bases. I will try to
> > > write some tests to see why that is, or at least how.
> >
> > I repeat, I bet it's MI-related.
> The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

I got a chance to taste the pudding, the the results are inconclusive.
The cause of the size bloat was that I had changed ref_counted to
inherit from noncopyable. Seems like an innocent enough change.
Seems that for the single-inheritance case, we should see some
EBO action, right? Well, we do, unless ref_counted is a base in
an MI hierarchy. Why its place in an hierarchy should change its
size is a mystery to me, but taking out noncopyable restores that
magical size. Now, I would appreciate it if people with Intel, CW,
and some other compilers would try out the code in the sandbox
and see if the first test passes (turn on --log-level=all, and pipe the
output to your favorite paginator).


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