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//  boost polymorphic_pointer_cast.hpp header file  ----------------------------------------------//
//  (C) Copyright Boris Rasin, 2014-2021.
//  (C) Copyright Antony Polukhin, 2014-2023.
//  Distributed under the Boost
//  Software License, Version 1.0. (See accompanying file
//  LICENSE_1_0.txt or copy at

//  See for Documentation.


#include <boost/config.hpp>
#   pragma once

# include <boost/assert.hpp>
# include <boost/pointer_cast.hpp>
# include <boost/throw_exception.hpp>

namespace boost
//  See the documentation for descriptions of how to choose between
//  static_pointer_cast<>, dynamic_pointer_cast<>, polymorphic_pointer_cast<> and polymorphic_pointer_downcast<>

//  polymorphic_pointer_downcast  --------------------------------------------//

    //  BOOST_ASSERT() checked polymorphic downcast.  Crosscasts prohibited.
    //  Supports any type with static_pointer_cast/dynamic_pointer_cast functions:
    //  built-in pointers, std::shared_ptr, boost::shared_ptr, boost::intrusive_ptr, etc.

    //  WARNING: Because this cast uses BOOST_ASSERT(), it violates
    //  the One Definition Rule if used in multiple translation units
    //  NDEBUG are defined inconsistently.

    //  Contributed by Boris Rasin

    template <typename Target, typename Source>
    inline auto polymorphic_pointer_downcast (const Source& x)
        -> decltype(static_pointer_cast<Target>(x))
        BOOST_ASSERT(dynamic_pointer_cast<Target> (x) == x);
        return static_pointer_cast<Target> (x);

    template <typename Target, typename Source>
    inline auto polymorphic_pointer_cast (const Source& x)
        -> decltype(dynamic_pointer_cast<Target>(x))
        auto tmp = dynamic_pointer_cast<Target> (x);
        if ( !tmp ) boost::throw_exception( std::bad_cast() );
        return tmp;

} // namespace boost