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1825. Partial ordering between variadic and non-variadic function templates

Section:  [temp.deduct.partial]     Status: C++17     Submitter: Steve Clamage     Date: 2013-12-30

[Moved to DR at the November, 2016 meeting.]

Given the following example,

  template <class ...T> int f(T*...)  { return 1; }
  template <class T>  int f(const T&) { return 2; }
  void g() {

the current specification makes the call ambiguous because deduction fails in both directions: with A being T and P being T* in one direction and A being T* and P being T, because [temp.deduct.partial] paragraph 8 says,

If A was transformed from a function parameter pack and P is not a parameter pack, type deduction fails.

It is not clear whether this is the best outcome, however; it might be better to consider the first template more specialized, with the variadic/non-variadic test being a tie-breaker if there is no other reason to prefer one over the other based on the parameter types.

Notes from the February, 2014 meeting:

CWG felt that the best approach would be, when comparing P and A, if A is a pack and P is not, A should be repeated for each remaining instance of P and then use the variadic/nonvariadic criterion as a late tiebreaker if the result is still ambiguous. This would apply in the general case (including [temp.deduct.partial]), not just in function calls.

Proposed resolution (June, 2016):

This issue is resolved by the resolution of issue 1395.