Copy elision in C++
Copy elision (or Copy omission) is a compiler optimization technique that avoids unnecessary copying of objects. Now a days, almost every compiler uses it. Let us understand it with the help of an example.
The output of above program is:
Why copy constructor is not called?
According to theory, when the object “ob” is being constructed, one argument constructor is used to convert “copy me” to a temporary object & that temporary object is copied to the object “ob”. So the statement
B ob = "copy me";
should be broken down by the compiler as
B ob = B("copy me");
However, most of the C++ compilers avoid such overheads of creating a temporary object & then copying it.
The modern compilers break down the statement B ob = "copy me"; //copy initialization as B ob("copy me"); //direct initialization and thus eliding call to copy constructor.
However, if we still want to ensure that the compiler doesn’t elide the call to copy constructor [disable the copy elision], we can compile the program using “-fno-elide-constructors” option with g++ and see the output as following:
aashish@aashish-ThinkPad-SL400:~$ g++ copy_elision.cpp -fno-elide-constructors aashish@aashish-ThinkPad-SL400:~$ ./a.out Constructor called Copy constructor called
If “-fno-elide-constructors” option is used, first default constructor is called to create a temporary object, then copy constructor is called to copy the temporary object to ob.
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