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From: Robert Ramey (ramey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-07-28 16:36:28

I've been aware of this for sometime. There is a Trak item open on it.

I wasn't aware that it broke anything in any other library. I don't know
what VTK is.

I did take a look at it when it was reported and concluded that
the obvious fix might have more subtle implications than first met
the eye, so I left it pending on purpose. For example, the proposed
fix creates a circular dependency between extended_type_info
and serialization whereas before serialization depended on
extended_type_info and not the other way around.

So, though I'm interested in seeing the situation addressed,
I'm not convinced that this is a good way to do it.
Also, it is too late to checkin changes to release branch which
is already late and should be released ASAP. And I would
never recommend that some change with possible unintended
consequences be checked into the release branch
without having gone through all the testing on the trunk.

Robert Ramey

Doug Gregor wrote:
> Somewhere between Boost 1.35.0 and 1.36.0, Boost.Serialization lost
> the ability to (de-)serialize a pointer to a class with a protected or
> private destructor. The problem is in
> extended_type_info_typeid::destroy, which tries to delete a pointer
> directly rather than using boost::serialization::access::destroy. This
> is unfortunate, because it's breaking a use of the serialization
> library in VTK.
> The patch below fixes the problem and passes all regression tests.
> Okay to commit to trunk and the 1.36.0 branch?
> - Doug
> Index: extended_type_info_typeid.hpp
> ===================================================================
> --- extended_type_info_typeid.hpp (revision 47849)
> +++ extended_type_info_typeid.hpp (working copy)
> @@ -28,6 +28,7 @@
> #include <boost/type_traits/is_polymorphic.hpp>
> #include <boost/type_traits/remove_const.hpp>
> +#include <boost/serialization/access.hpp>
> #include <boost/serialization/singleton.hpp>
> #include <boost/serialization/extended_type_info.hpp>
> #include <boost/serialization/factory.hpp>
> @@ -113,7 +114,7 @@ public:
> }
> }
> void destroy(void const * const p) const{
> - delete static_cast<T const *>(p) ;
> + boost::serialization::access::destroy(static_cast<T const
> *>(p));
> }
> };
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