[Gc] RE: Abuse of collector...

Andrew Haley aph at redhat.com
Mon May 18 09:54:53 PDT 2009

Talbot, George wrote:
> Talbot, George wrote:
>> Wow.  That's really impressive.  Somehow it seems better if the compiler could do that...I'd be afraid of getting it wrong.
> The runtime type information is precise, so it can't get the descriptor
> wrong.
> Also, the compiler *does* do that.  _Jv_BuildGCDescr is only used when
> we generate classes on the fly, which we can do as well as precompiling.
> Sorry, I spoke incorrectly.  What I meant was that for a C++ program, I'd be afraid of getting the layout wrong if I wrote code to do it myself, and would like to have the compiler generate the descriptor for C++ classes too.

I can't tell from http://www.codesourcery.com/public/cxx-abi/abi.html#rtti
(the multi-vendor C++ ABI) whether there's enough information to get what
you need.  I think there isn't.

A paper at http://www.garret.ru/cppreflection/docs/reflect.html provides
some ideas, including a way to get typeinfo out of debug information.


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