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From: Dean Michael Berris (mikhailberis_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-05-15 08:04:58

On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 7:48 PM, Jan Gaspar <jano_gaspar_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> This was an intended behaviour (to allocate the maximum capacity). The reason behind this was to comply with other STL containers. I admin the decision was not the best one. I will change this as you propose but in the Boost version 1.36. For now just use the constructor with the explicit capacity paramater or override the allocator's max_size() to return some sensible value.

Actually, this is going to be really hard to do especially if you are
expecting the buffer from another source and just need a default
constructed "receiver" to get it:

map<string, circular_buffer<char> > input_buffers;
input_buffers.insert(std::make_pair("cin", circular_buffer<char>(1000)));
input_buffers.insert(std::make_pair("net", circular_buffer<char>(2048)));
circular_buffer<char> buffer; // this will throw
string source;
cin >> source;
if (input_buffers.find(source) != input_buffers.end()) {
  buffer = input_buffers.find(source)->second;

With the current implementation, you may not be able to get past the
default constructed buffer, and if you did set some capacity, you'd be
wasting memory.

Shouldn't the change make it to Boost 1.35.1? :-D It's a really
trivial fix for the constructor, but I haven't looked at how it will
affect the other areas of the code.

Thanks for the quick response! :)

Dean Michael C. Berris
Software Engineer, Friendster, Inc.
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