Re: The CRTP pattern and member function pointer template parameter

Carl Barron <>
Thu, 28 Jun 2007 03:36:01 CST
In article <>,
Olivier Langlois <> wrote:


I wanted to achieve static polymorphism with the CRTP pattern to
create a base class for encapsulating the thread creation with the
pthread API. What I was trying was:

template<class D, void *(D::*F)()>
class ThreadBase
static void *start_routine(void *arg);

template<class D, void *(D::*F)()>
void *ThreadBase<D,F>::start_routine(void *arg)
    D *pThis = static_cast<D *>(arg);
    return (pThis->*F)();

where I could have defined a derived class:

class Derived : public ThreadBase<Derived,&Derived::Run>
    void *Run();

but it does not work. GCC complains that:

incomplete type `Derived' used in nested name specifier.

Right now, I am blinded with my initial design that does not work so I
would like to ask this newsgroup readers for suggestions about the
best way solve my problem.

GCC 3.x compiles this just fine;
template<class D>
struct ThreadBase
   typedef void *(D::*PMF)();
   void *start_routine(PMF x)
      D *p = static_cast<D *>(this);
      return (p->*x)();

struct Derived:ThreadBase<Derived>
   void *run();

inline void test()
   Derived p;

should be as useful as you thought you were getting, in that the
call is hardcoded but not ThreadBase,

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