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Hello I'n new on the forum, meaning It's my first question asked but I recently came across some strange behavior.

I have two classes Goo and Foo. I have a method in Foo that returns a shared pointer of type Goo. It all compiles ok...but when I debug it I can see that 2 objects are created of type Goo and the member class inside Foo never gets a value.

here's the code :

#include <memory>
#include <iostream>
#include <vector>
using namespace std;

class Goo
	int y;
	void set_y(int new_val) 


class Foo
	int x;
	//shared_ptr<Goo> gooptr;
	Goo Goomem;


	Foo(int val=0) :x(val) {}
	void do_something() 
		cout<<"doing nothing..."<<endl;
	void set_x(int new_val) 
	void show_x() const {cout<< x<<endl; }
	shared_ptr<Goo> getshared()
		shared_ptr<Goo> gooptr = make_shared<Goo>(Goomem);
		return gooptr;


int main()
	bool expired=false;
	shared_ptr<Foo> pf (new Foo); 



	return 0;

There must be something I'm missing...I mean I think that make_shared actually creates a new instance every time and since there are no more smart pointers that point to it, since i'm reassigning the goo pointer, it get's garbage collected ? I don't know...(Sorry if it's obvious for you but I just started to learn about them and C in general)
E.F. Nijboer 9-Mar-12 8:54am    
Goomem is never initialised.
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 9-Mar-12 9:43am    
Gomem is not a member class, this member is an instance of the class; and the pointer are pointers to instances. In your terminology, don't mix types and objects of types, as a minimum, it makes reading difficult. Not always correct meaning could be assumed, because there could be different objects of the same type, etc.
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 9-Mar-12 10:09am    
Not clear. Which are two objects of Goo? You create only one object Foo, and Goomem inside...
Did you go with the debugger? In particular, put a break point on a Goo destructor (or write some log code in it).
m0rTu 12-Mar-12 9:22am    
It works ok...I mean it does what it's supposed to...make_shared actually creates a new instance of GOO and that what ends up at gooptr...

1 solution

This method:
shared_ptr<goo> getshared()
	shared_ptr<goo> gooptr = make_shared<goo>(Goomem);
        return gooptr;

reates a new instance of Goo each time it is called and the old instance get's garbage colected because the are no more references to it.
this is how I actually wrote the value inside Goo

pretty spaghetti if you ask me...but it worked
thanks to all
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