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*\file shared_object_base.hpp
* This library declares an underlying class that is the base for the ReaK::shared_object class.
* This header and its contents are not meant to be included are directly used by end users
* except for the null_deleter and scoped_deleter for use in setting up shared pointers with
* either no deletion on destruction of the last shared pointer or a deletion that is in the
* same module scope as the code that created the shared pointer (this is the most usual,
* although for a single module project it has no real effect).
* \author Mikael Persson (
* \date february 2010
* Copyright 2011 Sven Mikael Persson
* This file is part of ReaK.
* ReaK is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
* it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
* the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
* (at your option) any later version.
* ReaK is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
* but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
* GNU General Public License for more details.
* You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
* along with ReaK (as LICENSE in the root folder).
* If not, see <>.
#include "defs.hpp"
namespace ReaK {
* This structure is a simple callable structure that does nothing. It acts as a place-holder for
* a special deleter for a shared_ptr, in this case this "null deleter" simply does not delete anything.
* This is useful for an object for which you want a shared_ptr to, but that is not going to be
* deleted by this shared_ptr branch (i.e. will be deleted by another shared_ptr branch). This can
* be used to break cycles in the object hierarchy.
struct null_deleter
void operator()(void const *) const
* This is a base class for the ReaK::shared_object. This holds a "null deleted" shared_ptr to
* itself as well as a basic virtual destroy function that is used to ensure proper scoping of the
* object deletion. Those two features allow the descendant-class objects to deliver a weak_ptr
* to themselves (that will expire when the object is destroyed) and to be shared across modules
* without deleter module scope issues (i.e. it will be deleted from the same compiled library
* from which is got created with its own vtable).
class shared_object_base {
typedef shared_ptr<shared_object_base> shared_this_pointer;
typedef weak_ptr<shared_object_base> weak_this_pointer;
shared_this_pointer mThis;
virtual void RK_CALL destroy() = 0;
* This method returns a weak_ptr to this object. The weak pointer will expire as the object gets
* deleted.
* \note This pointer is weaker than a regular weak pointer because locking this pointer does not
* guarantee that it remains for as long as the locked pointer exists so this is more intended
* for use as a test pointer to see if the object still exists. If a real shared ownership
* scheme is desired, the shared pointer should be obtained from an owner of this object.
* \return weak pointer to this object. A lock on this pointer will not give shared ownership and
* should be regarded as a momentary access to the object with no guarantee that it will
* not get deleted in the meantime. A real shared ownership can only be obtained from the
* actual owner of this object.
weak_this_pointer RK_CALL getWeakPtr() const { return mThis; };
shared_object_base() { mThis = shared_this_pointer(this,null_deleter()); };
virtual ~shared_object_base() { RK_NOTICE(8,"Shared object base destructor reached!");};
* This structure is a simple callable structure that deletes an object by calling the virtual "destroy"
* method. It acts as a special deleter for a shared_ptr, in this case this "scoped deleter" simply makes
* sure the object is deleted via its vtable and thus will go to the code in the same executable scope
* from which it was created and thus making the shared_ptr movable between executable modules.
struct scoped_deleter {
void operator()(shared_object_base * p) const {
RK_NOTICE(8,"Shared object base scoped deleter reached!");