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Subject: [boost] [smart_ptr] scoped_array / shared_array (size_t) constructor
From: Olaf van der Spek (ml_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-10-24 18:36:46


Currently, one has to manually allocate the array and pass the ptr to
the constructor of scoped_array / shared_array.

boost::scoped_array<unsigned char> A(new unsigned char[100]);
boost::shared_array<unsigned char> B(new unsigned char[100]);

This requires one to repeat the type and shared_array requires two
allocations (one extra for the control block).
std::vector has a constructor from size_t and one can write:

std::vector<unsigned char> V(100);

This avoids the type duplication and it'd allow shared_array to do
only a single allocation.
A few choices have to be made:
1. Should "new T[sz]" or "new T[sz]()" be used?
2. What should happen when size = 0? Should it call new T[0] or should
it just use NULL?


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