[Dune-devel] [GSoC]Updates and problems

Markus Blatt markus at dr-blatt.de
Fri Jul 15 13:47:06 CEST 2016


On Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 10:07:18AM +0200, Oliver Sander wrote:
> Hi Xinyun,
> [please keep the discussions on the list.]
> I think your BSplineLeafIterator class needs to hold a (shared) pointer so the entity it points to,
> in addition to the directIndex.  Then what 'dereference' returns is
> not a temporary anymore.

I do not agree with this fix as it might cause dangling
references. I am sure that at some point this pointer will be reset
(e.g. by operator++ being called). In this case we might have a reference to
a non-existent object or the value pointed to might be different. Both
are really hard to detect/debug. Just imagine this: 

Iter iter = bla.begin();
auto& ref = *iter; // everything ok.
++iter; // Most probably resets the shared_ptr or overwrites the value
        // pointed to.

Either we have a really hard to debug dangling reference or it does
not point to the spline that the user expects (second spline instead
of first).

May I ask why the BSplineGridEntity is created on demand?

If it is for a really good cause, then the iterator should not return a
reference, but a proxy object that contains a shared_ptr to it. But
the reason must be really, really, really good. std::vector<bool> does
this but it is really frowned upon. 

Otherwise the question should read:

Why can't we create a container of BSplineGridEntities and thus get
rid of the problem?


> On 14.07.2016 00:28, Xinyun wrote:
> > Hey Oliver,
> > 
> > In the past few days I tried to make the BSplineLeafIterator work
> > using the Barton-Nackman trick. You can check here
> > <http://gsoc2016xinyun.blogspot.de/2016/07/make-b-spline-grid-iterators-work.html>
> > for more details about what I intended to do. But I encountered a
> > specific programming problem which even hindered me to compile the
> > code. I have spent some time to play around but still couldn't
> > make it through. So I think it's better to ask for your help. As
> > the code still contains errors, I didn't upload it to gitlab.

But that might make commenting on code a bit easier.


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