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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-11-22 07:14:07

Ion Gaztañaga wrote:

>>> 2. Add reinterpret_pointer_cast to complete cast family.
>> Out of curiosity, why do you want it?
> Well, currently I'm removing reinterpret_casts to convert void pointers
> with static_casts, but if there is some place where a reinterpret_cast
> has sense with raw pointers, I would add it to have complete family.
> But we can live with static_pointer_cast.

We actually do have a motivating example for reinterpret_pointer_cast:
function pointer casts, where you can't use void. Something like

shared_ptr<void()> get_function( char const * module, char const * name );

I think that it was Vladimir Prus that came up with this use case... Yes, it
was him:

Thanks for reminding me. Another candidate for a TR1 extension proposal.

>> template<class T, class U, template<class> class Sp>
>> class pointer_to_other< Sp<T>, U >
>> {
>> typedef Sp<U> type;
>> };
>> works with auto_ptr and all boost smart pointers. Other smart
>> pointers may want to specialize pointer_to_other.
> No problem at all. What about other overloads for 2 and 3 template
> parameter smart pointers, so that almost all smart pointers would be
> covered. Of course, we need another version for raw pointers. What
> about boost/utility/pointer_to_other.hpp?

No objections here, but what about documentation and tests? :-)

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