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462. Lifetime of temporaries bound to comma expressions

Section: 6.7.7  [class.temporary]     Status: CD3     Submitter: Steve Adamczyk     Date: April 2004

[Voted into the WP at the February, 2012 meeting; moved to DR at the October, 2012 meeting.]

Split off from issue 86.

Should binding a reference to the result of a "," operation whose second operand is a temporary extend the lifetime of the temporary?

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Notes from the March 2004 meeting:

We think the temporary should be extended.

Proposed resolution (October, 2004):

Change 6.7.7 [class.temporary] paragraph 2 as indicated:

... In all these cases, the temporaries created during the evaluation of the expression initializing the reference, except the temporary that is the overall result of the expression [Footnote: For example, if the expression is a comma expression (7.6.20 [expr.comma]) and the value of its second operand is a temporary, the reference is bound to that temporary.] and to which the reference is bound, are destroyed at the end of the full-expression in which they are created and in the reverse order of the completion of their construction...

[Note: this wording partially resolves issue 86. See also issue 446.]

Notes from the April, 2005 meeting:

The CWG suggested a different approach from the 10/2004 resolution, leaving 6.7.7 [class.temporary] unchanged and adding normative wording to 7.6.20 [expr.comma] specifying that, if the result of the second operand is a temporary, that temporary is the result of the comma expression as well.

Proposed Resolution (November, 2006):

Add the indicated wording to 7.6.20 [expr.comma] paragraph 1:

... The type and value of the result are the type and value of the right operand; the result is of the same value category as its right operand, and is a bit-field if its right operand is a glvalue and a bit-field. If the value of the right operand is a temporary (6.7.7 [class.temporary]), the result is that temporary.