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Subject: Re: [std-proposals] Friend namespace
From: Giuseppe D'Angelo (giuseppe.dangelo_at_[hidden])
Date: 2020-12-06 08:57:50

On 06/12/2020 15:29, Arthur O'Dwyer via Std-Proposals wrote:
> Physically speaking, anybody in any .cpp file can add a new member to
> any namespace.

This is true "physically", but not true logically -- usual disclaimer
that you cannot logically add stuff in namespace std, and one could
impose a similar rule about namespaces under their own control.

As another possible use case, in Qt we actually wanted to befriend a
namespace so we could define objects in such a namespace, but not expose
the relevant constructor as public (ended up not documenting the

> https://github.com/qt/qtbase/blob/dev/src/gui/painting/qcolor.h#L296
> https://github.com/qt/qtbase/blob/dev/src/gui/painting/qcolor.h#L342

My 2 c,

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