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1338. Aliasing and allocation functions

Section:  []     Status: CD4     Submitter: Jason Merrill     Date: 2011-08-03

[Moved to DR at the November, 2014 meeting.]

In [] paragraph 2, allocation functions are constrained to return a pointer that is different from any previously returned pointer that has not been passed to a deallocation function. This does not, for instance, prohibit returning a pointer to storage that is part of another object, for example, a pool of storage. The potential implications of this for aliasing should be spelled out.

(See also issues 1027 and 1116.)

Additional note (March, 2013):

One possibility to allow reasonable optimizations would be to require that allocation packages hide their storage in file-static variables, perhaps by adding wording such as:

Furthermore, p0 shall point to an object distinct from any other object that is accessible outside the implementation of the allocation and deallocation functions.

Additional note, April, 2013:

Concern was expressed that a pool class might provide an interface for iterating over all the pointers that were given out from the pool, and this usage should be supported.

Notes from the September, 2013 meeting:

CWG agreed that changes for this issue should apply only to non-placement forms.

Proposed resolution (February, 2014):

Change [] paragraph 2 as follows:

...If the request succeeds, the value returned shall be a non-null pointer value (7.3.12 [conv.ptr]) p0 different from any previously returned value p1, unless that value p1 was subsequently passed to an operator delete. Furthermore, for the library allocation functions in [new.delete.single] and [new.delete.array], p0 shall point to a block of storage disjoint from the storage for any other object accessible to the caller. The effect of indirecting through a pointer returned as a request for zero size is undefined.36