Re: Calling container constructor explicitly

"Alf P. Steinbach" <>
Sun, 16 Jul 2006 23:28:40 +0200
* daveb:

I'm trying to write some code that calls the constructors of STL
containers explicitly, and I can't get it to compile.

The following is an implicit constructor call ("implicit" means "implied
or understood though not directly expressed"):

   std::vector<int> v;

The following is an explicit constructor call ("explicit" means "fully
and clearly expressed; leaving nothing implied"):


The last one creates a temporary; see the FAQ.

 A sample program
is below. One compiler complains about the last two lines (the map
constructor calls), saying that I'm trying to take the address of a
constructor. Another compiler complains about all four of the last
lines, just saying "invalid use of class". What is the correct syntax
for calling a container constructor explicitly?

In general, supplying a constructor argument list after a type
specification is the correct syntax for calling a constructor
explicitly. But that's not a formal view: it's just a summary of the
effect of the formal syntax rules. Also, note that the opposite does
not hold: int() constructs the int value 0, but int has no constructor.

You're probably wondering why I'm not calling "new" instead of malloc
and the constructor. It's because what I really need to do is to call
a proprietary memory allocation function (i.e., not malloc) and then
call a parameterized constructor on the returned space. So neither
"new" nor "placement new" will work for me.

Placement new is exactly for that.

But it's a rather silly thing, nay, STRONGERWORD thing, to do.

A vector object by itself takes up just a few bytes. The contents are
typically allocated separately. To take charge of the allocation for
vector contents you need to specify an allocator type in the type

#include <vector>
#include <map>
#include <cstdlib>

   typedef std::vector<int> VecType;
   typedef std::map<int, int> MapType;

   VecType v, *vp;

At this point v has been constructed and vp is uninitialized pointer.

   MapType m, *mp;

    vp = (VecType *)malloc(sizeof(VecType));
    mp = (MapType *)malloc(sizeof(MapType));

    // call constructors

Syntax error.

The way to call constructors on raw storage is to use placement new, but
see above: it's STRONGERWORD for std::vector, check out allocators.

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