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Subject: Re: [boost] Review Request: impl_ptr (pimpl)
From: Gary Furnish (gfurnish_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-08-22 22:18:21

On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 4:02 PM, Vladimir Batov via Boost
<boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> On 08/23/2017 07:41 AM, Gary Furnish via Boost wrote:
>> On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 3:18 PM, Vladimir Batov via Boost
>> <boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>>> On 08/23/2017 01:06 AM, Gary Furnish via Boost wrote:
>>>> While I like the idea in general (bikeshedding aside), it should not
>>>> be possible to end up with nulls when treating something as a value
>>>> type.
>>> Is it a general observation or you have a particular use-case in mind
>>> that
>>> involves the discussed impl_ptr? It that is the former, then IMO it is
>>> not
>>> an issue as impl_ptr is a base class and the user/interface/proxy class
>>> ultimately decides if it is "possible to end up with nulls" or not. If
>>> that
>>> is the latter, then I'd certainly like to look at it and to evaluate and
>>> to
>>> fix if necessary.
>> On the nulls: just looking it may be policy dependent if you can end
>> up with nulls in the sense of runtime, but the machinery for nulls
>> will still show up in auto completion,name resolution, etc unless it
>> is enable-ifed or specialized out. It is possible I mistook how this
>> works though. I don't see a problem with supporting shared situations
>> with policies, but it should be 100% disabled. No
>> static other_type null() { return
>> boost_impl_ptr_detail<other_type>::null(); }
>> static user_type null() { return boost_impl_ptr_detail<
>> user_type>::null(); }
> Sure. If taking these convenience interfaces out makes people happy, I have
> nothing against it. No drama. I guess, I'll go take it out right away. :-)
>>>> All of that should be hidden away with some sort of enable if
>>>> machinery. Also your support for allocators doesn't work properly
>>>> because if you use something like an allocator that returns offset
>>>> pointers you assume that all allocators return normal pointers.
>>> Well, "your support for allocators doesn't work properly" seems like a
>>> sweeping statement. They "seem" to work for me but you must have a
>>> particular use-case in mind where they do not. Do you mind elaborating,
>>> sharing it? I am somewhat puzzled by the meaning of "offset pointers". I
>>> presume it is a pointer offset from the beginning of actually allocated
>>> block, right? If so, does std::allocator support that?.. impl_ptr uses
>>> the
>>> facilities provided by the allocator concept. Namely, if your particular
>>> allocator returns an "offset pointer" from allocate(), then that same
>>> pointer is given back to your allocator to deal with inside deallocate().
>>> So, where does "your support for allocators doesn't work properly" come
>>> in?
>> Offset pointers are pointers that you use with an allocator where the
>> pointer is actually a size_t that is added to the location of the
>> pointer. This is used in mmap situations where you do not know the
>> absolute address, only relative to the current pointer offset. See
>> So you just define an allocator where Allocator::pointer =
>> boost::offset_ptr<T> and vector etc automatically work in shared
>> memory. The basic punchline is instead of hardcoding the allocator
>> return value as T* you want to capture a
>> std::allocator_traits<...>::pointer . You can then use
>> std::address_of(*raw memory) to get the raw memory address. (Note
>> address of because operator& could be overloaded).
>> (This is how to do it in c++17, earlier versions require a bit more
>> boiler plate). It is not true allocator support if you don't support
>> the rarer cases.
> Uh, right. Thank you for the link and explanations. Appreciated. And you are
> certainly correct, I should be using std::allocator_traits<...>::pointer.
> That said, I consider it an oversight, a nit to be addressed in due
> course... Agree?
Yeah, I like the general idea and I like not having 5000
implementations of similar things floating around. I need to study
it a bit more, those were just my initial 5 min check suggestions.
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