2001. Class template basic_regex uses non existent string_type

Section: 31.8.3 [re.regex.assign] Status: C++11 Submitter: Volker Lukas Opened: 2010-10-21 Last modified: 2016-02-10

Priority: Not Prioritized

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In working draft N3126, subclause 31.8.3 [re.regex.assign], paragraphs 12, 13 and 19, the name string_type is used. This is presumably a typedef for basic_string<value_type>, where value_type is the character type used by basic_regex. The basic_regex template however defines no such typedef, and neither does the <regex> header or the <initializer_list> header included by <regex>.

[ 2010-11-03 Daniel comments and suggests alternative wording: ]

The proposed resolution needs to use basic_string<charT> instead of basic_string<char>

Previous Proposed Resolution:

Make the following changes to [re.regex.assign]:

basic_regex& assign(const charT* ptr, flag_type f = regex_constants::ECMAScript);

12 Returns: assign(string_typebasic_string<charT>(ptr), f).

basic_regex& assign(const charT* ptr, size_t len,
  flag_type f = regex_constants::ECMAScript);

13 Returns: assign(string_typebasic_string<charT>(ptr, len), f).


template <class InputIterator> 
  basic_regex& assign(InputIterator first, InputIterator last, 
                          flag_type f = regex_constants::ECMAScript);

18 Requires: The type InputIterator shall satisfy the requirements for an Input Iterator (24.2.3).

19 Returns: assign(string_typebasic_string<charT>(first, last), f).

[ 2010 Batavia ]

Unsure if we should just give basic_regex a string_type typedef. Looking for when string_type was introduced into regex. Howard to draft wording for typedef typename traits::string_type string_type, then move to Review.

[ 2011-02-16: Daniel comments and provides an alternative resolution. ]

I'm strongly in favour with the Batavia idea to provide a separate string_type within basic_regex, but it seems to me that the issue resultion should add one more important typedef, namely that of the traits type! Currently, basic_regex is the only template that does not publish the type of the associated traits type. Instead of opening a new issue, I added this suggestion as part of the proposed wording.

[2011-02-24 Reflector discussion]

Moved to Tentatively Ready after 6 votes.

Proposed resolution:

Change the class template basic_regex synopsis, 31.8 [re.regex] p. 3, as indicated:

namespace std {
  template <class charT,
            class traits = regex_traits<charT> >
  class basic_regex {
    // types:
    typedef charT value_type;
    typedef traits traits_type;
    typedef typename traits::string_type string_type;
    typedef regex_constants::syntax_option_type flag_type;
    typedef typename traits::locale_type locale_type;