[Xapian-devel] Re: [Xapian-commits] 8107: trunk/xapian-core/ trunk/xapian-core/backends/

Richard Boulton richard at lemurconsulting.com
Thu Apr 5 12:51:50 BST 2007

Olly Betts wrote:
> Yeah, that's reasonable enough.  Perhaps we should profile AutoPtr vs
> RefCntPtr to see if one of them is better for such situations - I've
> wondered before.

I thought that AutoPtr wasn't appropriate for this kind of thing - as 
soon as you get the pointer out of it, the AutoPtr doesn't care about 
deleting it any more.

Also, this doesn't happen in this case, but if a function which we'd 
passed the LeafPostList pointer to had created a new object which had a 
reference to our postlist, we wouldn't want to delete the LeafPostList 
at the end of our function - unreffing it is the right thing to do.

So, I say it's safest to stick to using RefCntPtr in this kind of 
situation, so we don't have to think hard about whether to do so or not.

My C++ isn't really up to this level of scrutiny these days, though; 
I've been doing too much Python recently!


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