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Section: 20.10.3 [pointer.traits] Status: C++11 Submitter: INCITS Opened: 2010-08-25 Last modified: 2016-02-10
Priority: Not Prioritized
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pointer_traits should have a size_type member for completeness.
Add typedef see below size_type; to the generic pointer_traits template and typedef size_t size_type; to pointer_traits<T*>. Use pointer_traits::size_type and pointer_traits::difference_type as the defaults for allocator_traits::size_type and allocator_traits::difference_type.
See Appendix 1 - Additional Details
[ Post-Rapperswil, Pablo provided wording: ]
The original ballot comment reads simply: "pointer_traits should have a size_type for completeness." The additional details reveal, however, that the desire for a size_type is actually driven by the needs of allocator_traits. The allocator_traits template should get its default difference_type from pointer_traits but if it did, it should get its size_type from the same source. Unfortunately, there is no obvious meaning for size_type in pointer_traits.
Alisdair suggested, however, that the natural relationship between difference_type and size_type can be expressed simply by the std::make_unsigned<T> metafunction. Using this metafunction, we can easily define size_type for allocator_traits without artificially adding size_type to pointer_traits.
Moved to Tentatively Ready after 6 positive votes on c++std-lib.
[ Adopted at 2010-11 Batavia ]
In [allocator.requirements], Table 42, change two rows as follows:
X::size_type unsigned integral type a type that can represent the size of the largest object in the allocation model size_t X::difference_type signed integral type a type that can represent the difference between any two pointers in the allocation model ptrdiff_t
In [allocator.traits.types], Change the definition of difference_type and size_type as follows:
typedef see below difference_type;
Type: Alloc::difference_type if such a type exists, else
typedef see below size_type;
Type: Alloc::size_type if such a type exists, else