Improved pretty printing for smart pointers

Michael Marte
Tue Apr 16 10:38:00 GMT 2013

Hello *,

I found the pretty printers for std::shared_ptr, std::weak_ptr and 
std::unique_ptr (as provided by 
svn:// not sufficient for 
daily use as they only generate a description (including the address of 
the pointee) but do not pretty print the pointee itself. This behaviour 
implies that one has to copy the address of the pointee, cast it to the 
pointee's type, and dereference the result. To improve on the current 
state of affairs, I improved the pretty printers to generate children. 
For std::shared_ptr and std::weak_ptr, three children are generated, 
namely "Use count", "Weak count", and "Managed value". For 
std::unique_ptr, one child is generated, namely "Managed value". Using 
this solution with an IDE like kdevelop or Eclipse CTD, it only needs 
two clicks to see the value managed by a smart pointer.

I attached my patch in the hope that you will find it interesting and 
that it will be integrated into your suite of GCC STL pretty printers.

Best regards,
Michael Marte

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