Many c++ authors say that if you want to make a non-abstract base class abstract, but don’t have any method to “purify” (i.e. convert to pure-virtual), then a standard practice is to purify dtor by adding “=0” at end of the already-virtual dtor.
Note: all base classes should have their dtors virtualized, according to many authorities, but Google style guide says “only if base class has virtual methods”
I wonder why not add a dummy pure-virtual method. (I think in practice this is fine.)
I believe the answer is efficiency, both space-efficiency and possibly run-time efficiency. Adding a dummy pure-virtual adds to every class size and vtbl size, but not instance size. Also every non-abstract sub-class must implement or inherit this dummy method.