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Subject: Re: [std-proposals] Allowing access to object representations
From: Ville Voutilainen (ville.voutilainen_at_[hidden])
Date: 2019-08-21 08:53:47

On Wed, 21 Aug 2019 at 16:43, Timur Doumler <cpp_at_timur.audio> wrote:
> Yes, sure, I didn't mean that the concept of magic library functions in itself was insane. There are quite a few functions in std:: that are magic and have to be magic and that's fine.
> What I find insane is that magic is required for something as basic and simple as looking at the bytes that make up the value of an object.

Indeed; we need to fix this problem, because otherwise we are leaving
room for a lower-level language (you could presumably maybe sorta
implement an object representation dumper in a C library), and that's
against the fundamental goals of C++. Writing to a representation
is a completely different beast, as is relying on the values of
padding bits, but just dumping the representation bits should bloody
be well-formed.

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