auto_ptr<istream> problem

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 03:00:51 -0700 (PDT)

I'm having a problem that I can't diagnose. I'm creating istreams of
unknown types, and want to manage them on the stack, co I'm passing
around ownership-holding pointers. Usually, I would use
std::auto_ptr<std::istream>, but it seems to be deallocating early, as
the call to read(...) below breaks.

I've condensed a test case. Using my own pointer works fine, but using
auto_ptr does not (see USE_AUTO_PTR). I solved the issue by a little
trial and error, but I don't understand the cause.

Help would be greatly appreciated. I apologise if I'm simply being
idiotic, but I've been trying to work this out for days.

I'm compiling under Visual Studio 2005 (cl.exe version 14.00.50727.42)

-- James

// ---------- Begin ptr_test.cpp ----------

#include <algorithm>
#include <istream>
#include <fstream>
#include <memory>
using namespace std;

// Ownership transfering pointer to input
stream //////////////////////

//#define USE_AUTO_PTR

#if defined(USE_AUTO_PTR)
typedef auto_ptr<istream> istream_ptr;

/* Not using copy constructor in example, so I won't bother writing
 * a standards compliant one here. Nor assignment operator. Instead
 * I'll make them private to be sure they're not generated.
template <class T>
struct ptr {
    ptr( T * ptr ) : _ptr( ptr ) {}
    //ptr( ptr<T> & other ) : _ptr( 0 ) { swap( other ); }
    ~ptr() { if ( _ptr ) delete _ptr; }
    T * operator->() const { return _ptr; }
    ptr( ptr<T> const & );
    ptr<T> & operator=( ptr<T> const & );
    //void swap( ptr<T> & other ) { std::swap( _ptr, other._ptr ); }
    T * _ptr;
typedef ptr<istream> istream_ptr;


// Simple test
case ///////////////////////////////////////////////////

int main() {
    istream_ptr in = new fstream( "ptr_test.cpp", ios::binary );
    char ch;
    in->read( &ch, 1 );
    return 0;

// ---------- End ptr_test.cpp ----------

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