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Subject: Re: [boost] Boost and exceptions
From: Robert Ramey (ramey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-06-23 18:33:19

Dave Abrahams wrote:
> on Sat Jun 23 2012, "Robert Ramey" <> wrote:
>> If you really like boost::exception your code when you eventually can
>> eventually rethrow
>> catch (std::exception & e){ // not additon of &
>> }
> IIUC, even if you change it to catch by reference, as you should, and
> even if std::exception weren't an abstract base class, which it is,
> that approach will slice the caught exception and lose all the
> information thrown with it. BOOST_EXCEPTION_THROW_EXCEPTION needs to
> copy the exception object into this type it builds with multiple
> inheritance from boost::exception, and it needs to do this with full
> knowledge of the static type of the exception being thrown.

wow I overlooked this.

So in our case, if e was reference to an instance of a
boost::archive::archive_exception object
which holds all the interesting data, this information would be thrown away
with the actual type of the exception? That's terrible.

Robert Ramey

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