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noshared_ptr is the unsharable version of std::shared_ptr.

“After I used this library, 90% c++ memory bugs disappeared !” – by TreeNewBee

“Do not share a pointer by shared_ptr, share it by weak_ptr !” – by NewBeeGui


// smart pointer which is uncopiable as std::unique_ptr,
// but works as std::shared_ptr, with which we can has an associated weak pointer.

// weak pointer for noshared_ptr<T>

// Alias names of the two smart pointer class above
nstd::unique_ptr<T>    // alias of nstd::noshared_ptr<T>
nstd::observer_ptr<T>  // alias of nstd::noweak_ptr<T>


The usage is similar as shared_ptr/weak_ptr, with some exceptions —

  1. noshared_ptr is not copiable.

    so the code can not be compiled

    unique_ptr<int> s = make_unique<int>(8);
    unique_ptr<int> s2 = s;  // error, can not compile

instead, we should use

    unique_ptr<int> s2 = std::move(s);
    // then s will be empty, and s2 take the object's ownership
  1. the pointer returned by noweak_ptr::lock() can not be moved.

    observer_ptr<int> w = s2;
    unique_ptr<int> s3 = w.lock();
    unique_ptr<int> s4 = std::move(s3);
    // s3 will not keep old value even after std::move
    // s4 will be a virtual pointer that do not take the object's ownership.


#include <stdio.h>
#include "noshared.hpp"

using namespace nstd;

void use_observer_ptr(observer_ptr<int> w) {
    unique_ptr<int> s = w.lock();
    printf("get value = %d\n", *s);

int main() {
    unique_ptr<int> s = make_unique<int>(5);
    printf("create value = %d\n", *s);

    // can not copy it!
    // unique_ptr<int> s2 = s;

    observer_ptr<int> w = s;
    return 0;


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