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From: Jonathan Wakely (cow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-11-19 06:09:12

On Thu, Nov 18, 2004 at 10:56:24PM -0800, Robert Ramey wrote:

> "Peter Dimov" <pdimov_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> news:009001c4cd69$3bb90d60$6501a8c0_at_pdimov2...
> > Robert Ramey wrote:
> > >
> > > So maybe we can consider a practical compromise.
> > >
> > > a) Grant me access to the internals of shared_ptr for now
> >
> > a) You aren't going to get access to the internals of
> std::tr1::shared_ptr.
> Honestly, I don't need to serialize std::tr1::shared_ptr - why would any of
> us ever use it as long as we have boost::shared_ptr which (with
> serialization is a superset of std::tr1::shared_ptr.)

By "us" I assume you mean the Boost developers. Do you suppose that the
Boost developers are the only, or even typical, users of Boost?

One day std::tr1 will come provided with most standard libraries, and
there might be reasons it is preferred in some projects to the boost

If one of those projects wanted to use the Boost serialization library
would they have to switch to boost::shared_ptr ?

Even if you can't think of a good reason, do you suppose that means
there isn't one?

How about a large system that must have no external requirements in some
components, so Boost cannot be used, but std::tr1::shared_ptr is used.
One isolated part of this system wants to use Boost.Serialization, but
finds that to do so would require that the entire system be switched to
use boost::shared_ptr.

I don't have any other opinion on the subject, I just wanted to point
out what I thought was rather presumptuous.


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