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construct

Category: allocators Component type: function

Prototype

template <class T1, class T2> void construct(T1* p, const T2& value);

Description

In C++, the operator new allocates memory for an object and then creates an object at that location by calling a constructor. Occasionally, however, it is useful to separate those two operations. [1] If p is a pointer to memory that has been allocated but not initialized, then construct(p, value) creates an object of type T1 at the location pointed to by p. The argument value is passed as an argument to T1's constructor.

Definition

Defined in the standard header memory, and in the nonstandard backward-compatibility header algo.h. The construct algorithm is no longer part of the C++ standard; it was present in early drafts, and it is retained in this implementation for backward compatibility.

Requirements on types

Preconditions

Complexity

Example

double* dp = (double*) malloc(sizeof(double));
construct(dp, 3);
assert(*dp == 3);

Notes

[1] In particular, construct, along with other low-level memory allocation primitives, is used to implement container classes.

See also

Allocators, destroy, uninitialized_copy, uninitialized_fill, uninitialized_fill_n, raw_storage_iterator


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