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Subject: Re: [boost] several messages
From: John Maddock (boost.regex_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-08-05 08:05:09

>> The move constructor doesn't allocate - it takes ownership of the GMP
>> variable, and sets the variable in the moved-from object to a null state.
>> The *destructor* then has an added check to ensure it doesn't try and
>> clear null GMP objects: that's basically the only change. IMO the cost
>> of the extra if statement in the destructor is worth it - and should be
>> trivial compared to calling the external library routine to clear the GMP
>> variable.
> Well, what happens then if you do something to a moved-from object other
> than destructing it?
> number a=2;
> number b=move(a);
> a=2; // or a=b; or a=b+1; or ...

It blows up your computer ;-)

IMO It's a constraint (and the intent of move semantics), that moved-from
objects can only be destroyed: if you require that the moved-from object
remain usable, then move-assign become identical to a regular assign, and
move semantics are basically useless. Not just for this lib, but for the
std lib as well.


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