Talk:cpp/memory/weak ptr/weak ptr


[edit] ownership

It seems a little funny to use the word "ownership" with weak_ptr. I'd be concerned that people might confuse it with how e.g. a shared_ptr "owns" memory (and is responsible for cleaning it up). Are there any better words that might make that distinction clearer?

Perhaps "shares the ownership" on this page is not the best wording, but in general, weak_ptr certainly deals with object ownership intimately: it shares the control block. --Cubbi 06:01, 9 April 2012 (PDT)
That is certainly true. I guess I'd expect an object that owns a chunk of memory to be responsible for freeing that memory, which is why the word "ownership" scares me. Perhaps one way out of this is to be more explicit: instead of "shares ownership", how about "shares a control block"? 15:12, 9 April 2012 (PDT)
We might as well describe everything relevant (shared_ptr, weak_ptr, make_shared/allocate_shared, enable_shared_from_this) in terms of control blocks. Although this is an implementation detail, it certainly makes it easier to discuss these things. A couple pictures would make it even better. --Cubbi 06:26, 11 April 2012 (PDT)
I would vote for a middle ground. Current wording is certainly a bit confusing, but writing the description in terms of the control block isn't a perfect solution too, because the standard doesn't specify such things. Maybe improving the current wording and then mentioning the control block would be the best of the two worlds? -- P12 07:27, 11 April 2012 (PDT)
Okay, I took a whack at this and changed "shares ownership" to "shares an object". Objections? Nate 05:58, 16 April 2012 (PDT)