Re: How to make this exception-safe

peter koch larsen <>
Thu, 20 Nov 2008 16:55:22 CST
On 20 Nov., 21:46, Triple-DES <> wrote:

On 19 Nov, 21:24, peter koch larsen <>

On 18 Nov., 19:43, Triple-DES <> wrote:

Consider the following code:

#include <vector>

struct C {
   explicit C(int) {} // may throw
     C(const C&);
     C& operator=(const C&);


struct V {
   V() {
     // may leak if push_back or C::C(int) throws
      v_.push_back( new C(2) );
      v_.push_back( new C(1) );
      v_.push_back( new C(3) );

I don't see how this might leak. Can you explain why you believe it

I am sure it does:

in V::V()
 v_.push_back( new C(2) ); // ok
 v_.push_back( new C(1) ); // ok
 v_.push_back( new C(3) ); // C::C() threw exception!} // we have lost all pointers to the two C objects. (V vas never

constructed, so the v_ member can't be referenced).

That is correct - I overlooked the fact that the throw would cause the
destruct to not run (as well as the fact that a resize failure in
std::vector could also give problems, but that was not your point, I
The real solution is to encapsulate your pointer-vector in a separate
class, being responsible for deallocation of the pointers as well as
handling the problem you inevitably are going to have with the copy-
constructor and assignment operator. Alternatively, could store smart
pointers instead of raw pointers.
I believe that boost has a pointercontainer that is ready for use.


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