Re: Smart Pointers : auto_ptr and array

James Kanze <>
25 May 2007 15:35:01 -0700
On May 25, 10:04 pm, Howard Hinnant <> wrote:

In article <>,
 James Kanze <> wrote:

About all I know is that today, I can generally use it for the
purposes I want it for, with just about any compiler. Which is
considerable progress.

See the latest working draft:

for the latest change in the continually evolving auto_ptr:

   It's deprecated. ;-)

Currently the best write up I have on auto_ptr, why it is deprecated,
and its replacement unique_ptr (which *will* work in containers) is:

So you invent a new name for something which serves more or less
the same purpose.

Just curious, but why the new name? Are there any legal uses of
auto_ptr that won't work exactly the same with unique_ptr? And
if not, why not call it auto_ptr, assuming that that doesn't
break any working code? (I use auto_ptr a lot in multithreaded
programs, even when I'm also using the Boehm collector.)

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