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Subject: Re: [boost] [shared_ptr] Set pointer to null
From: Mateusz Loskot (mateusz_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-11-09 09:45:09

Sebastian Redl wrote:
> Mateusz Loskot wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'd like to make a custom deleter resetting pointer to 0 or other value
>> (e.g. for debugging purposes) after resource has been deallocated.
>> Would anyone suggest better option to this presented below?
>> struct DeleterT
>> {
>> void operator()(::T* ptr)
>> {
>> ::DestroyT(ptr);
>> // uses Visual C++ specific integer type
>> *reinterpret_cast<__int64*>(&ptr) = 0;
>> }
>> };
> This doesn't actually do anything. The code is undefined (accessing
> casted pointer, aliasing violation), but even the most common
> interpretation simply does the same thing as "ptr = 0;". ptr is
> a by-val argument.

Yes, I aware of that. I use this undefined behaviour effect
with premeditaion under Visual C++. But I agree it's extremely ugly.

> You cannot know where the original member you want to reset
> is, so you can't reset it. All you are modifying here is your local
> function argument - and possibly the function return address, if you're
> on a 32-bit system ...


At least, I've got confirmed that it's a good idea to not to follow
this idea.

Best regards,

Mateusz Loskot,

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