Thread: Returned Data query

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    Returned Data query

    Hi guys

    I'm a c++ newbie and am having issues with returned data.

    In the documentation of the toolkit I'm using I'm provided with the following method:

    SbBool SoVolumeData::getVolumeData ( SbVec3s & dimension,
    void *& data, SoVolumeData:: DataType & type, int * numSignificantBits = NULL

    Im trying to use the following code to get info pulled back but cant get this to work:

    SoVolumeData *volData = new SoVolumeData();
    SbVec3s volDims = NULL;
    SoVolumeData *ptoData;
    SoVolumeData::DataType dtype ;
    int sigBits =0;
    volData->getVolumeData(volDims, ptoData, dtype, sigBits);
    Upon compiling I get the following error msg:

    error C2664: 'getVolumeData' : cannot convert parameter 2 from 'class SoVolumeData *' to 'void *& '
    A reference that is not to 'const' cannot be bound to a non-lvalue

    Any ideas what I need to alter in my code to resolve this...


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    That's interesting. You don't see void pointers used much in C++. Anyway, the problem is that the pointer-to-T to pointer-to-void conversion results in an rvalue. You can't have a reference to an rvalue, so the function call is ill-formed. It also means that an explicit cast is also not going to work for the same reason.

    The only way I can think of at the moment to work around this particular problem without changing the parameter list of the function in question is to use a void pointer first, then point ptoData to it after the function call:
    void *vptoData;
    volData->getVolumeData(volDims, vptoData, dtype, sigBits);
    SoVolumeData *ptoData = static_cast<SoVolumeData*>(vptoData);
    My best code is written with the delete key.

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