Re: a pointer to a derived class problem

 James Kanze <>
Fri, 03 Aug 2007 11:28:46 -0000
On Aug 2, 7:53 pm, stefven blonqhern <> wrote:

On 2 Aug, 13:32, "Victor Bazarov" <> wrote:

Don't store the object, it's unnecessary to duplicate it. The real
object will be created in the free store. You will need to dispose
of it when you don't have the need for it any longer. Make sure
your 'Shape' class declares the destructor as 'virtual'.

Once i reassign the pointer will unused objects not get garbage
collected? I'd prefer to err on the side of caution anyway but just

Only if you've installed and activated garbage collection. It's
not active by default, and it's only available as a third party
add-on with many compilers. (Try searching for the Boehm
collector on the web. That's the one I use: it works well, and
isn't too difficult to install.)

James Kanze (GABI Software)
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