I just discovered, that, when using enable_shared_from_this and inheriting it privately, this fails at runtime.
I made a small example:
#define prefix std
auto a = prefix::make_shared<foo>();
auto b = a->get_sptr();
This compiles fine, but throws a weak_ptr exception at runtime.
I'm aware, that the implementation requires, that enable_shared_from_this needs to be publicly inherited, but as a first time user, I had to find this out the hard way, as documentations (I use, ie. cppreference.com) don't mention it, probably because it's not a requirement of the standard.
On the other hand, if you compile the code with additional -Dprefix=boost (and needed boost stuff installed, of course), it gives a compiler error (
gcc: 'boost::enable_shared_from_this<foo>' is an inaccessible base of 'foo';
clang: error: cannot cast 'boost::shared_ptr<foo>::element_type' (aka 'foo') to its private base class 'boost::enable_shared_from_this<foo>')
I'm think, it would be helpful, if the std implemantions also would fail at compile time already, and wanted to ask if this would be possible/feasible.
gcc-Version 9.2.0 (Gentoo 9.2.0 p1)
clang version 8.0.1 (tags/RELEASE_801/final) (used with both libstdc++.so.6 and libc++.so.1 (v8.0.1))