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From: Ben Hutchings (ben.hutchings_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-01-06 08:25:28

Pablo Aguilar wrote:
> Thanks for your reply...
> You're right, "reset" would delete the pointer... but when you're getting
> rid of a pointer obtained from a factory, like I was in my case, pointers
> don't always get disposed of using delete, but rather another function (like
> p->release())
> And rather than writing special purpose smart pointers for each type of
> deleting function (p->dispose(), p->release(), api_function_free(p), etc..)
> you can use shared_ptr with a custom deleter (here:
> mem_fn(&pointer_type::dispose) or bind(&api_function_free, _1))

In some cases you can avoid the space and time overhead of shared_ptr by
using a smart pointer template for which the custom deleter is a
template argument. In fact you can get even more general than that
quite easily; I have a class template called auto_handle which with
minimal work can be used to encapsulate all kinds of things with custom
deleters, including Windows handles and POSIX file descriptors.


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