Re: [Boost-bugs] [Boost C++ Libraries] #5340: Patch to support concrete base classes becomming abstract classes

Subject: Re: [Boost-bugs] [Boost C++ Libraries] #5340: Patch to support concrete base classes becomming abstract classes
From: Boost C++ Libraries (noreply_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-05-11 07:08:19

#5340: Patch to support concrete base classes becomming abstract classes
  Reporter: Aaron Barany <akb825@…> | Owner: ramey
      Type: Patches | Status: new
 Milestone: To Be Determined | Component: serialization
   Version: Boost 1.47.0 | Severity: Showstopper
Resolution: | Keywords: serialization abstract concrete

Comment (by Aaron Barany <akb825@…>):

 This isn't when a serialize function is calling serialize on its base
 class, this is when serializing into a pointer of a polymorphic type. For
 MyClass* c;
 a >> c;

 The problem isn't that it's trying to call serialize, the problem is
 templates are being instantiated that reference the serialize function.
 Before, it was never instantiating pointer_iserializer<MyClass> if Myclass
 was abstract, but that would cause mismatches if MyClass started as
 concrete, then later became abstract. Now I am always instantiating
 pointer_iserializer<MyClass>, and when the type registration mismatch
 occurs on load it is registered as if it were concrete.

 The exact template instantiation chain is: pointer_iserializer<MyClass>
 instantiates iserializer<MyClass>, which uses access to call serialize on
 MyClass. Even if it's never actually executing the code that calls
 serialize on MyClass, the compiler still expects it to be there.

 After thinking about it a little more and looking at where it registers
 the serializer, it's actually not as easy to cut off the reference to
 serialize as I thought. I thought I could use stub out the
 iserializer<MyClass> instantiation in pointer_iserializer<MyClass> if
 MyClass is abstract, but that won't work if MyClass is serialized anywhere
 else. (such as from a subclass' serialize function) What I will need to do
 is stub out the iserializer<MyClass> instantiation if MyClass doesn't have
 a serialize function. Fortunately, such a check is possible.

 This also brings up another interesting case: if MyClass in my example
 above is actually a concrete base class without a serialize function, it
 will also fail to compile even without my patches applied. With a
 mechanism in place to detect if a serialize function exists, I can have it
 so serializing MyClass will compile if MyClass doesn't have a serialize
 function, regardless of whether MyClass is abstract or not, as long as it
 is polymorphic.

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