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Subject: Re: [boost] [type-traits] aligned_storage in unions
From: OvermindDL1 (overminddl1_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-09-17 14:31:59

On Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 9:46 AM, <dherring_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> On Fri, 17 Sep 2010, Frank Mori Hess wrote:
>> On Friday 17 September 2010, dherring_at_[hidden] wrote:
>>> The "standard" workaround is to allocate your own memory and use manual
>>> type casting.  Boost::aligned_storage can be used to maintain proper
>>> alignment, but it cannot be placed inside a union due to the default
>>> ctor,
>>> dtor, and noncopyable functions.  Thus I am forced to use part of
>>> boost::detail.
>>> Questions:
>>> - Is there a better way to do this?
>> What about using boost.variant instead?
> It doesn't satisfy my need for everything to be in-place (e.g. for seamless
> use with shared memory, memory pools, etc.).  [Note: we don't actually use
> std::string; it was just convenient for the example.]

How is it not in-place?

If C++ supported unions containing anything, then
boost::variant<int,std::string,myClass> would be identical in layout
struct {
    uint which;
    union {
        int i;
        std::string s;
        myClass m;
Which all use the same memory.

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