1125. ostream_iterator does not work with movable types

Section: [ostream.iterator.ops] Status: NAD Submitter: Alisdair Meredith Opened: 2009-05-28 Last modified: 2016-02-10

Priority: Not Prioritized

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ostream_iterator has not been updated to support moveable types, in a similar manner to the insert iterators. Note that this is not a problem for ostreambuf_iterator, as the types it is restricted to dealing with do not support extra-efficient moving.

[ 2009-11-10 Howard adds: ]

Moved to Tentatively NAD after 5 positive votes on c++std-lib. Rationale added below.

Proposed resolution:

Add second operator= overload to class template ostream_iterator in 27.6.2 [ostream.iterator], para 2:

ostream_iterator<T,charT,traits>& operator=(const T& value);
ostream_iterator<T,charT,traits>& operator=(T&& value);

Add a new paragraph: in [ostream.iterator.ops]:

ostream_iterator& operator=(T&& value);

-2- Effects:

*out_stream << std::move(value);
if(delim != 0)
  *out_stream << delim;
return (*this);


Several objections to move forward with this issue were voiced in the thread starting with c++std-lib-25438. Among them is that we know of no motivating use case to make streaming rvalues behave differently than streaming const lvalues.