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Overloading << generates problems

Hi all,

I have the following code:
class test {
public:
test(const std::string *n) : name(n) {}
virtual ~test() {}

const std::string * getName() { return name; }

protected:
const std::string * name; ///< Variable name.

private:
};

std::ostream& operator<<(std: :ostream& s, const test& v) {
return s << v.getName();
}

And I get when I try to compile:
common/test.cc: In function `std::ostream& operator<<(std: :ostream&,
const test&)':
common/test.cc:5: error: no matching function for call to `test
::getName() const'
common/test.h:14: error: candidates are: const std::string*
test::getName() <near match>
make: *** [test.o] Error 1

Any ideas on where the problem is?

Cheers,

Paulo Matos

Jul 23 '05
10 1675
I know this isn't what you were asking, but your code makes me
nervious. Where does the memory for test::name get created? Is it on
the stack? or on the heap? Is the test class responsible for deleting
it or not? What about the default copy constructor that the compiler
generates, it's a shallow copy, is that what you want?...

I realize that this class may be used only for illustration purposes,
but IMHO it has a lot of potential problems.

Jul 23 '05 #11

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