[geos-devel] Question about GEOSPolygonize_full_r

Sandro Santilli strk at keybit.net
Fri Jul 19 00:34:27 PDT 2013

On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 09:47:35PM -0600, Sean Gillies wrote:
> Hi all,
> Shapely users have been asking me about access to GEOSPolygonize_full_r and
> I'm looking into it today. One thing I don't understand about the function
> (not being much of a C++ programmer anymore) is why the cuts, dangles, and
> invalid rings are only retrieved if the pointers passed in for them are not
> http://trac.osgeo.org/geos/browser/tags/3.3.8/capi/geos_ts_c.cpp#L3077
> Wouldn't it be better if the pointers *were* NULL since they are supposed
> to point to memory allocated by this function instead of bringing in data
> from the caller?

The pointer value (*cuts) can be null, the code doesn't even check for that.
But you pass a pointer to the pointer, so that the code can change the
pointer value.


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