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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-08-26 20:47:27

Howard Hinnant <hinnant_at_[hidden]> writes:

> On Aug 26, 2004, at 7:03 PM, Thorsten Ottosen wrote:
>> I just wanted to hear if anybody had already made a move_ptr I could
>> use?
> Fwiw, there's a copyright-free move_ptr at:
> But I don't recommend it. I really like Dave's move implementation
> better, though it is less portable with current compilers (including
> Metrowerks). I also think move_ptr should carry a destructor policy
> in it's type:

My move implementation is more portable now. But for something that's
movable but not copiable --- that's easier. Use Daniel's version,
which is very portable.

> And finally, I really am not happy with the name move_ptr,
> ironically.

Why not? Oh, below.

> I was just this morning trying to think of a better name.
> How about owned_ptr?

How is that different from auto_ptr?

> I was trying to contrast it with shared_ptr: With shared_ptr, many
> instances share ownership of a pointer. With move/owned_ptr, unique
> ownership is always assured. Bringing up another possibility:
> unique_ptr. I'm trying to stress the characteristic of sole
> ownership vs shared ownership, rather than the fact the pointer is
> movable. In the future, many types will be movable (even
> shared_ptr). So move_ptr is a really lousy name.


> I spent way too much time with the thesaurus this morning. ;-)

I hope you two are good friends, now.

Dave Abrahams
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