[top-level] C++-friendly allocators for libiberty

Andrew Cagney cagney@gnu.org
Sat Jun 26 17:22:00 GMT 2004

>>>> > No, people use realloc with variable size arrays at the end of
>>>> > structs.  xrenewvec (or xresizevec) is a good idea, but you still need
>>>> > xrenew (or xresize).
> Bernando, you've now got an interface which allows reallocating to a
> variable size, but not allocating to one...  There's no need for a
> rush, let's give people some time to comment before putting this into
> libiberty.  As DJ says, it's hard to take things out of libiberty.

I guess daniel had this in mind:

> /* Utility macros to allocate typed memory.  Avoids errors like:
>    struct foo *foo = xmalloc (sizeof struct bar); and memset (foo,
>    sizeof (struct foo), 0).  */
> #define XZALLOC(TYPE) ((TYPE*) memset (xmalloc (sizeof (TYPE)), 0, sizeof (TYPE)
> ))
> #define XMALLOC(TYPE) ((TYPE*) xmalloc (sizeof (TYPE)))
> #define XCALLOC(NMEMB, TYPE) ((TYPE*) xcalloc ((NMEMB), sizeof (TYPE)))

They first appeared in GDB in '99 and were added to GDB's global header 
file in '02 (and I'm sure the idea was stolen from elsewhere).  Unlike 
the macros being proposed, these:

- use uppercase to make it very very clear that they are macros
- are named in a way that directly reflects their C herritage

While I agree with the type casing idea underlying "xnew" et.al. (I was 
in part responsible for the above :-), I don't see any benefit in 
adopting C++ names and pretending that we're writing C++.


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