unique_ptr with an API that expects raw pointers?


After about 10 years of using managed memory and functional languages, I'm finally coming home to C++, and smart pointers are confusing the heck out of me. Half of the documentation out there is still regarding the deprecated auto_ptr.

I'm trying to implement this fairly straightforward Bullet <a href="http://bulletphysics.org/mediawiki-1.5.8/index.php/Hello_World#Initial_Program" rel="nofollow">"hello world"</a> program:

int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[]) { auto bp = unique_ptr<btBroadphaseInterface>(new btDbvtBroadphase); auto cc = unique_ptr<btDefaultCollisionConfiguration>(new btDefaultCollisionConfiguration); auto disp = unique_ptr<btDispatcher>(new btCollisionDispatcher(cc)); }

The btCollisionDispatcher constructor wants a btCollisionConfiguration*, but I'm giving it a unique_ptr to one instead.

What do I normally want to do in this case? If there's a way to "de-smart" the pointer, something tells me that unique_ptr isn't the right smart pointer to use.

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C++ was my language of choice before I moved to other things. It's a little shocking coming back and seeing that all the patterns and practices have completely changed.


There is a get() member function that gives you the raw pointer that is held by the unique_ptr. This does not cause the unique_ptr to relinquish the ownership, though, so proper cleanup will still happen (careful with storing that raw pointer!).

There is also a release() member function, which relinquishes ownership. This means that you're back on dumb pointer land and cleanup is all your responsibility.

I can't fathom why the code is using new in the first place and not <a href="https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8839943/why-does-the-use-of-new-cause-memory-leaks-in-c/8840302#8840302" rel="nofollow">just using automatic storage objects</a>, but I'm going to pretend there is a reason...


The <a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee475590.aspx" rel="nofollow">get</a> member function returns the underling pointer and is fine to use with existing code as long as that code doesn't manage the memory you pass in.


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