Re: Test Dynamic Memory

James Kanze <>
Tue, 15 Dec 2009 02:18:13 -0800 (PST)
On Dec 13, 11:52 pm, Immortal Nephi <>

On Dec 13, 3:16 pm, peter koch <> wrote:

On 13 Dec., 21:10, Immortal Nephi <> wrote:


You do realize, that you are just creating a dumped-down version of
std::vector? So your class is useless if not as an exercise. Also, you
are missing a lot of stuff - an assignment operator and a copy
constructor needs to be written.

I build my own class. I don't need to use vector because I don't need
all the features such as search or insert element / remove element. I
suppose to put an assignment operator and a copy constructor to
private if I don't need to use them.

So? The question is: do you need some feature std::vector doesn't
provide, or is it important to ban some feature that it does provide
opposed to just not using it)? If not, just use std::vector. And if
you do need to ban some feature (often wise), then you'll still use
std::vector in the implementation of your class.

For example:

class array

        array( int size )
                m_pArray = new int[ size ];
                m_size = size;

                if( m_pArray == 0 )
                        // Display Error Message -- out of memory
                        // Close other application and try again or
                        // use exit() function

This behaviour is better delegated into the new_handler function.

Are you saying?

That you should set a new_handler (function std::set_new_handler), and
output the message and exit from it. Until you really know what you
doing, this is probably the best solution. (Even after you know what
you are doing, it's often the best solution.)

Note that even this may be trickier than it seems, since trying to
output a message may try to allocate dynamic memory. One solution
frequently seen used is to pre-allocate a reserve buffer, which is
first thing in the new handler. Alternatively, you can use setbuf on
std::cerr, or you can use system level output requests and static
buffers. (The latter solution is the most robust, but is not

I create some classes to build different objects and put them into
memory. For example, 5 different classes are constructed successfully
and are stored in memory. They will be destructed after the program
exits successfully. If one class attempts to allocate more memory,
then bad allocation must be returned before new_handler exception is
thrown. Correct?

No. If you use a normal new (not placement) expression and don't
about it. The basic algorithm of the operator new function is
to be:

    void* result = attempt_to_allocate_memory();
    while ( result == NULL )
        result = attempt_to_allocate_memory();
    // Post-condition of loop: result != NULL !!!
    return result;

The default new handler throws std::bad_alloc, but you can set it to
just about anything you want: the requirements are that it must do one
of three things:

 -- make more memory available and return
 -- throw std::bad_alloc or an exception derived from std::bad_alloc
 -- exit the program (exit() or abort()).

(It may do more, e.g. log the fact that an error has occured, or
the default new handler if it can't free up memory, for example.)

I do not need to test to find out if new keyword returns a pointer
with bad allocation.

A new expression always returns a valid pointer. If it returns.

For example:

int *a = new int [1000];

if( a == )

I should use new_handler instead, but I have to use test condition to
find out if a is already allocated.

For example:

int *a = new int [1000];

// Do something

// Are ready to terminate your program.
// I have to clean up to deallocate memory.

It's perfectly acceptable to "abort" a program without cleaning up
memory. Except in special cases, there are really only two
for handling out of memory: set the new handler to terminate the
program, or catch std::bad_alloc at the highest level and exit with an
error message. (The latter may be preferable if e.g. the program uses
temporary files which will be deleted in destructors.) In either
treat out of memory as a fatal error.

if( a != )
delete [] a;

If a is the result of a new expression, you can always delete it. If
is a null pointer, you can delete it as well. And if a is something
else, there's absolutely no way to test for it, so your program logic
must ensure that it's one of those. And you don't need the if, ever.

        int m_size;
        int *m_pArray;
        bool m_bOutofMemory;

That hungarian notation really creeps me out.

Please explain why you dislike hungarian notation.

Because it makes the code unmaintainable (and unreadable).

It provides you more information when you need to know because there
may be hundreds or thosuands of variables.

In one class? Thousands of member variables sounds like a design
to me.

More generally, while there may be any number of variables in the
function, you should never deal with more than a few at a time. And
usually, whether a variable is an int or a long is less important than
whether it is an x coordinate, a color id, or a timestamp (and if it's
pointer, that will be immediately evident in the way it is used).
There's a reasonable argument for Hungarian as it was originally
designed (where information as to whether the variable was an
x-coordinate, a color-id or a timestamp was encoded), although even in
such cases, I find it better to avoid unpronounciable abbreviations,
in production code, at least, to define class types for each type,
rather than using int or long. (This is a perfect example of what I
mentionned at the start: banning some functionality. You don't want
support adding a timestamp to an x-coordinate, for example, but if
are int's, you do support it. And if you support subtraction of
timestamps, the result shouldn't be a timestamp, but an interval. So
you write a class, which uses int in its implementation, but only
supports the operations you want.)


Here is another good example.

#include <iostream>
using std::cerr;
using std::cout;
using std::endl;

#include <new>
using std::set_new_handler;

#include <cstdlib>
using std::abort;
using std::exit;

class array
        array( int size ) : m_size( size ), m_pLargeArray( new long long
[ size ] )
                cout << "array::constructor -- count: " << ++s_ObjectCount << endl;

                cout << "array::destructor -- count: " << s_ObjectCount-- << endl;
                delete [] m_pLargeArray;

        long long *m_pLargeArray;
        int m_size;

Why not simple
    std::vector< long long > largeArray;
and skip the memory management.

        static int s_ObjectCount;

int array::s_ObjectCount = 0;

void customNewHandler()
   cerr << "customNewHandler was called.\n";
        cerr << "Display Error: Not enough Memory.\n\n";
        cerr << "Your C++ project must be terminated." << endl;

// abort();
        exit( EXIT_SUCCESS );



int main()
   set_new_handler( customNewHandler );

        array a1( 50000000 ); // Success
        array a2( 50000000 ); // Success
        array a3( 50000000 ); // Success
        array a4( 50000000 ); // Success
        array a5( 50000000 ); // Failed -- bad memory allocation.

        cout << "C++ project runs successful." << endl;

   return 0;

If bad memory allocation is detected, then will exit() function does
its own responsibility to deallocate a1, a2, a3, and a4 from the
memory before program is terminated?

Once the program ceases to exist, it doesn't have any resources.
something is persistent (files, etc.), in a very real sense, it ceases
to exist. (This may not be true in a freestanding implementation.)
Once exit() is finished, your process doesn't exist, and has no memory
to be freed. (Physically, of course, the memory chips are still in
computer, and the OS will reuse them for something else. Just as it
will also clean up any more abstract resources your process was using:
file locks, mutex or semaphores, etc.)

Do you suggest me to put new_handler exception in main.cpp only?

If you're using a new handler, you should set it first thing in main.
(or even before, but that's somewhat trickier).

James Kanze

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