SAL_NO_VTABLE in formula

Stephan Bergmann sbergman at
Fri May 23 05:25:18 PDT 2014

On 05/23/2014 01:47 PM, Markus Mohrhard wrote:
> On Fri, May 23, 2014 at 1:24 PM, Eike Rathke <erack at
> <mailto:erack at>> wrote:
>     On Friday, 2014-05-23 03:14:30 +0200, Markus Mohrhard wrote:
>      > so by going through Lsan reports I noted that we have a few
>     classes in
>      > formula that are marked with SAL_NO_VTABLE and therefore have no
>     virtual
>      > protected destructors, This prevents us from deleting some of these
>      > instances and it looks like people just leaked them in the past.
>     What actually leaks, given that these classes have no member variables
>     and only define interfaces as pure abstract base classes one derives
>     from?
> There is code in formula which generates objects from sc but can of
> course only use the abstract interfaces. Instead of deleting the objects
> we just leak them after use because the d'tor is protected.

If client code wants to polymorphically delete through 
IFunctionDescription (which I understand it does), then 
IFunctionDescription of course needs a public virtual dtor.

Whether or not to decorate IFunctionDescription with 
__declspec(novtable) (AKA SAL_NO_VTABLE) on Windows should be an 
orthogonal decision (at least, that's my---poor, as it is about Windows 
after all---understanding of __declspec(novtable)).


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