[Gc] Patches for C++ to support throw() declarations, and that throw std::bad_alloc on OOM.

Talbot, George Gtalbot at ansarisbio.com
Tue Nov 10 04:19:14 PST 2009

Correct...OOM handling doesn't change unless you call gc_cpp_init().  I'll change that to a macro as suggested by Ivan when I have the chance on Wednesday.

As far as the GC_MALLOC() vs. GC_MALLOC_UNCOLLECTABLE(), I can understand where you're coming from.  My problem is the STL...if I leave this as GC_MALLOC_UNCOLLECTABLE(), then I have to use a custom allocator for any STL code that I use in my program.  This is really painful; the data types change (i.e. std::vector<int> becomes std::vector<int, gc_stl_allocator>, etc.) making interfacing bits together somewhere between difficult to impossible.  I tried going this way in my relatively decent sized program that uses the GC, and it was way too invasive.

I could add a function to the public interface to make this switchable through a function pointer called within operator new/new[].  Would that be better?

George T. Talbot
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Subject: RE: [Gc]  Patches for C++ to support throw() declarations, and that    throw std::bad_alloc on OOM.

> Slightly more controversially:
> *  The standard operator new that gc_cpp.h and gc_cpp.cc
> provides allocates memory with GC_MALLOC() instead of

Unfortunately, I'm still concerned about this.  The problem is that this significantly changes the behavior of an interface that's been around for a while.  The original idea behind this interface was to use garbage-colelcted allocation only where it was requested.  Right or wrong, this would change that design decision retroactively.

I guess out-of-memory handling doesn't change visibly unless you call gc_cpp_init()?  Thus the behavior is backward compatible?

Can this be solved by just providing an alternate gc_cpp.cc to get the alternate behavior?

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