< cpp‎ | memory
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(C++11)(until C++23)
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(C++11)(until C++23)
(C++11)(until C++23)
(C++11)(until C++23)
(C++11)(until C++23)

Uninitialized storage
(until C++20*)
(until C++20*)
Defined in header <memory>
template< class T >

std::pair<T*, std::ptrdiff_t>

    get_temporary_buffer( std::ptrdiff_t count );
(until C++11)
template< class T >

std::pair<T*, std::ptrdiff_t>

    get_temporary_buffer( std::ptrdiff_t count ) noexcept;
(since C++11)
(deprecated in C++17)
(removed in C++20)

If count is negative or zero, does nothing.

Otherwise, requests to allocate uninitialized contiguous storage for count adjacent objects of type T. The request is non-binding, and the implementation may instead allocate the storage for any other number of (including zero) adjacent objects of type T.

It is implementation-defined whether over-aligned types are supported.

(since C++11)


[edit] Parameters

count - the desired number of objects

[edit] Return value

A std::pair, the member first is a pointer to the beginning of the allocated storage and the member second is the number of objects that fit in the storage that was actually allocated.

If count <= 0 or allocated storage is not enough to store a single element of type T, the member first of the result is a null pointer and the member second is zero.

[edit] Notes

This API was originally designed with the intent of providing a more efficient implementation than the general-purpose operator new, but no such implementation was created and the API was deprecated and removed.

[edit] Example

#include <algorithm>
#include <iostream>
#include <iterator>
#include <memory>
#include <string>
int main()
    const std::string s[] = {"string", "1", "test", "..."};
    const auto p = std::get_temporary_buffer<std::string>(4);
    // requires that p.first is passed to return_temporary_buffer
    // (beware of early exit points and exceptions), or better use:
    std::unique_ptr<std::string, void(*)(std::string*)> on_exit(p.first,
    [](std::string* p)
        std::cout << "returning temporary buffer...\n";
    std::copy(s, s + p.second,
              std::raw_storage_iterator<std::string*, std::string>(p.first));
    // has same effect as: std::uninitialized_copy(s, s + p.second, p.first);
    // requires that each string in p is individually destroyed
    // (beware of early exit points and exceptions)
    std::copy(p.first, p.first + p.second,
              std::ostream_iterator<std::string>{std::cout, "\n"});
    std::for_each(p.first, p.first + p.second, [](std::string& e)
    }); // same as: std::destroy(p.first, p.first + p.second);
    // manually reclaim memory if unique_ptr-like technique is not used:
    // std::return_temporary_buffer(p.first);


returning temporary buffer...

[edit] Defect reports

The following behavior-changing defect reports were applied retroactively to previously published C++ standards.

DR Applied to Behavior as published Correct behavior
LWG 425 C++98 the behavior when count <= 0 was unclear made clear
LWG 2072 C++98 it was not allowed to allocate insufficient memory allowed

[edit] See also

(deprecated in C++17)(removed in C++20)
frees uninitialized storage
(function template) [edit]
[static] (C++23)
allocates storage at least as large as the requested size via an allocator
(public static member function of std::allocator_traits<Alloc>) [edit]