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Subject: Re: [boost] [optional] memory use for optional refs and ptrs
From: Krzysztof Czainski (1czajnik_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-10-05 09:54:27

2010/10/5 John Reid <j.reid_at_[hidden]>

> Rutger ter Borg wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I'm looking into boost::optional<> as a replacement for some of my code
>> which has to deal with optional values. However, it seems that cases which
>> are usually space-efficient optionals (e.g., ptrs in the form of a null-ptr)
>> do not have template specializations. In other words, boost optional
>> templates store a bool and the memory footprint of its template parameter,
>> regardless of type. I.e., optional references and pointers take their space
>> plus the space of an extra bool.
>> Is there a reason for this?
>> Might someone want to store a null pointer in the optional? I'm not sure
> about the references though.
> John.

I understand, that a null pointer means the same as lack of a pointer.
Therefore boost::optional<> colud be specialized for pointers to take
advantage of that, and not store a bool besides the pointer in order to save

I would also like to know, if and why this space optimization is/is not


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