[webkit-dev] PSA: Don't try to hold onto temporaries with references

Hans Wennborg hans at chromium.org
Mon Oct 4 04:41:32 PDT 2010

On Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 12:23 PM, Leandro Graciá Gil
<leandrogracia at chromium.org> wrote:
>> In summary, looking at code like this
>>  B& b = c->foo();
>>  ...
>>  b.m();
>> If c->foo() returns a temporary ("return B();"), then it is safe.
> Maybe I'm wrong, but are you completely sure about this one? I would say
> that the temporary object created in return B() will cease to exist as soon
> as it returns (just after the constructor finishes).

Actually, the temporary object ceases to exist as soon as *the
expression containing the call completes*, as Peter Kasting pointed
out. So this should be ok:

B b = c->foo(); // foo() returns a reference to a temporary, and the
temporary is then copied to b, then destroyed

And this too:


But not this:

B& b = c->foo();
// the temporary is gone now
b.m(); // trouble


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