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// Copyright (c) Chris Glover, 2016.
// Distributed under the Boost Software License, Version 1.0. (See accompanying
// file LICENSE_1_0.txt or copy at


/// \file std_shared_ptr_cast.hpp
/// \brief Contains the overload of boost::typeindex::runtime_pointer_cast for
/// std::shared_ptr types.

#include <boost/type_index/runtime_cast/detail/runtime_cast_impl.hpp>
#include <boost/type_traits/is_base_and_derived.hpp>
#include <memory>

# pragma once

namespace boost { namespace typeindex {

/// \brief Creates a new instance of std::shared_ptr whose stored pointer is obtained from u's
/// stored pointer using a runtime_cast.
/// The new shared_ptr will share ownership with u, except that it is empty if the runtime_cast
/// performed by runtime_pointer_cast returns a null pointer.
/// \tparam T The desired target type to return a pointer of.
/// \tparam U A complete class type of the source instance pointed to from u.
/// \return If there exists a valid conversion from U* to T*, returns a std::shared_ptr<T>
/// that points to an address suitably offset from u.
/// If no such conversion exists, returns std::shared_ptr<T>();
template<typename T, typename U>
std::shared_ptr<T> runtime_pointer_cast(std::shared_ptr<U> const& u) {
    T* value = detail::runtime_cast_impl<T>(u.get(), boost::is_base_and_derived<T, U>());
        return std::shared_ptr<T>(u, value);
    return std::shared_ptr<T>();

}} // namespace boost::typeindex