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Subject: Re: [std-proposals] Template qualifiers
From: Gašper Ažman (gasper.azman_at_[hidden])
Date: 2019-09-29 13:43:03

You're completely correct, Arthur.

The reason the two are examples are not equivalent is because I was
(perhaps mistakenly) looking through the "don't do that" bits of the
"define move-assign or copy-assign" and fixed what I perceived to be bugs
along the way. Whether replicating the example, "bugs" and all, is possible
with similar metaprogramming techniques I already used (but you, Arthur,
know that), I did not consider it to be wise.

"Apples to apples" comparison between the two proposals only happens when
comparing solely the ability to generate differently cvref-qualified member
functions. The other bits... not so much.


On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 7:36 PM Arthur O'Dwyer via Std-Proposals <
std-proposals_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 2:15 PM Gašper Ažman via Std-Proposals <
> std-proposals_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> struct A {
>> int i;
>> template <std::convertible_to<A> Other> A& operator=(Other&& other) {
>> using A_cvref = copy_cvref_t<Other&&, A>;
>> i = static_cast<A_cvref>(other).i;
>> return *this;
>> }
>> };
> This isn't equivalent to the first thing Phil wrote; it'll never generate
> A volatile & operator = (A const & a) volatile { i = a.i; return *
> this; }
> On the other hand, the second thing Phil wrote is *also* completely
> different from the first thing Phil wrote. Phil's second thing—
> template <qualifier Q, qualifier P>
> A Q & operator = (A P a) Q { i = std::move_or_copy(a.i); return *
> this; }
> —seems like it would happily generate signatures such as `A const&
> operator=(A volatile a) const`. And no substitution for `P` and `Q` could
> ever generate the signature `A& operator= (A const& a)`, unless `P` is
> allowed to be `const&` (but then how would deduction know to make it
> `const&` instead of simply `const` or nothing-at-all)?
> Phil seems to maybe be treating "&" and "&&" as possible values for a
> `qualifier`, I'm not sure.
> Phil also seems to be treating "the-absence-of-anything" as a possible
> value for a `qualifier`.
> I agree that any proposal which has been technically fleshed out (such as
> P0847) is in some sense preferable to a vague, non-technical, and
> unimplementable musing. However, it's also comparing apples to oranges.
> –Arthur
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