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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-02-14 16:27:14

Jorge Lodos wrote:
> Thank you for your comments. I agree with everything you said and try
> to avoid singletons in the first place. However, I have a practical
> problem
> that I have been able to "solve" only thru singletons.
> In a header only library that uses a class factory, the registration
> of objects with the factory is performed in a constructor of an
> object inside
> an anonymous namespace. Since the header may be #included more that
> once, I made those objects singletons to avoid multiple registration.
> The singleton::instance method may be called more that once without
> need, that's why I put "solve" in quotes. Since the object is inside
> an anonymous namespace, I can not use templates, which never get
> instantiated.
> If you or anyone else have a suggestion that allows for automatic
> registration without using singletons please share it :-)

Can you use something like the following:

class auto_reg
    static int count_;

        if( ++count_ == 1 ) register();

        if( --count_ == 0 ) unregister();

int auto_reg::count_;

To make it header-only use the template<class _ = void> trick.

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