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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-04-25 20:34:01

From: "Howard Hinnant"
> On Apr 25, 2004, at 7:00 AM, John Maddock wrote:
> > Maybe, but lets not forget that shared_ptr doesn't need a mutex at
> > all, what
> > it needs is an atomic counter (actually less than that, because we
> > never
> > need the value of the counter just whether it's less than/greater
> > than, or
> > equal to zero).
> shared_ptr has two counts which sometimes must both be incremented in
> an atomic fashion.

Right, but thanks to Alexander Terekhov, this is already a solved problem.
:-) I'll try to switch boost::shared_ptr to use atomic operations (on
Windows at least) for the next release. Perhaps you missed the comp.std.c++
thread and my proof of concept implementation, available at

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