Re: Could this class be treated as Singleton class

Bart van Ingen Schenau <>
Wed, 21 Nov 2007 14:53:25 CST
Raman wrote:

Hi All,
I am new to the c++ programming.... lately I came to know about
singleton class( and various method to create one e.g making ctor
private and exposing an other function to create the only instance).
But I want to know ...can the following class be treated as
singleton ...If not then why ?

No, the class in not an implementation of the Singleton pattern.
There is a very fundamental difference between a class that can only
have one instance, ever, and a class that can have multiple instances,
but each instance is initialised to the value of the first one.

It is the second kind of class that you have created here.

using namespace std;
class temp{
static int count;
int test;
static void *ptr;
temp(int t){
if(count==0) {
ptr=(void *)this;/***Save the 1st instance**/
else {
*this=*(temp *)ptr;/***After that return the 1st instance
created----I am not sure what exactly is happening here */

What happens here is that you assign the value of the first (saved)
instance to the current instance.
I think this invokes Undefined Behaviour, because you are assigning to
an object that is still under construction.


~temp(){ /***I think, no need of delete ptr ass it will be done by
compiler automatically */

You should indeed not invoke delete on ptr, but it would be wise to
cleanup after yourself.

  if (this == ptr)
    ptr = NULL;


void printVal(){
cout<<"\n Val="<<test<<endl;

How about adding some extra members:
  void setVal(int t)
    test = t;
  int getVal()
    return test;

int temp::count=0;
void * temp::ptr=NULL;

int main()
temp t(10);
temp t1(15);
t1.printVal(); /**both t and t1 contains 10 in the private data
member temp::test */


  t1.printVal(); /** What do they print now? For a true singleton, it
would be the same */
  assert(t.getVal() == t1.getVal()); /* The assertion should hold for a
singleton */


Thanks All,
Raman Chalotra

Bart v Ingen Schenau
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