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Subject: Re: [boost] [move][unique_ptr] c++14 unique_ptr comes to town
From: Ion Gaztañaga (igaztanaga_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-09-02 17:54:57

El 02/09/2014 19:22, Peter Dimov escribió:
> Ion Gaztañaga wrote:
>> On the other hand, with the default_deleter it could be safe to
>> convert (maybe if N >= M):
>> 4) unique_ptr<T[N]> -> unique_ptr<U[M]>
> I don't support this conversion in shared_ptr and have no plans to.
> reinterpret_pointer_cast should work though.

Ok, I prototyped it and it worked, but found it too forced. You can
always release(), cast and build a new unique_ptr if you are really sure
what you are doing.

> In general, if deleter<X> is convertible to deleter<Y> but does not
> handle Y properly, it might cause problems. So I'm not sure that this
> case is extraordinary in this sense.

I agree. If you declare deleter<X> is convertible to deleter<Y>, you
declare it can delete objects of type Y after conversion.

> It's true that these cases are a bit convoluted because, esp. in the
> presence of a user-defined pointer type, we need to decide how much to
> trust the deleter and how much to override whatever it says WRT
> conversions. For instance, let's say unique_ptr<X1,D1> wants to convert
> to unique_ptr<X2,D2> and D1::pointer is convertible to D2::pointer and
> D1 is convertible to D2 _but_ X2 does not have a virtual destructor. Do
> we disallow the conversion as we do in the ordinary X1* -> X2* case when
> using the default deleter, or do we go ahead? The array case is similar,
> unique_ptr<X[],D1> -> unique_ptr<Y[],D2>, X(*)[] is not convertible to
> Y(*)[] but both D1::pointer and D1 are convertible to D2::pointer and
> D2. Legal or not?

Semantics might be a bit more clear for default_delete, as it calls
delete. std::is_polymorphic might not be very accurate, maybe

A user-defined deleter could be a no-op or an operation that can
properly recycle (link it in a intrusive list, etc.) the object even if
it has no virtual destructor, just because it doesn't call the destructor.

I think the implementation is nearly finished (has_virtual_destructor
check is missing, as the standard does not require it, but it could be
added). I've split tests and put all the meta utilities used by
unique_ptr in a different header. Let me know if you feel some
additional work must be done to push it into the "::boost" namespace
and/or move it into smart_ptr. One missing decision is whether
Boost.Move should be used in tests and/or use std::move/forward in C++11
compilers. And in case both approaches are testes in C++11 compilers,
how we avoid duplicating test code.


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