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Static allocation of the stl map size

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Hi,
I heard that it is possible to allocate the size of the stl map in the static way.(something like reserve(n) in the stl vector).
Do you know how?
Thanks,
Inna
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No.  That sort of function does not make sense for a map--or for a list for that matter.   For a vector, you can use that function to "preallocate" the storage space for the data.  That is helpfull since the vector stores all the data in a single block.  But a map is (usualy) a tree structure and this each item is stored in its own block, so there would be no advantage to knowing the final size ahead of time.
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That is sort of confussing isn't it.  Let me try that again.

For a vector the data is stored in a single block, then that block is not large enough, an new block needs to be created and the data copied to the new block.  Thius reserve and capacity make sense for that type of container.   Buf for a container like map or list, there is never a need to perform a large allocation and copy like in vector.  The reason is that map and list store each item in their own block, not a single block, so there to concept of having extra room to expand into doesn't make sense.  
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You could come close to what you want by defining a custom allocator and using some sort of memory pool for the map elements.

This is probably not a task to be undertaken lightly, however.
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Its also not likely to cause the type of speed increase that the reserve operation does--nor is that sort of speed increase really really needed, it is a major limitation to addition in vector, map doesn't suffer it.
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