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2768. any_cast and move semantics

Section: 19.8.4 [any.nonmembers] Status: C++17 Submitter: Casey Carter Opened: 2016-08-27 Last modified: 2017-08-01

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LWG 2509 made two changes to the specification of any in v2 of the library fundamentals TS:

  1. It altered the effects of the any_cast(any&&) overload to enable moving the value out of the any object and/or obtaining an rvalue reference to the contained value.
  2. It made changes to support pathological copyable-but-not-movable contained values, which is madness.

Change 1 has very desirable effects; I propose that we apply the sane part of LWG 2509 to any in the C++17 WP, for all of the reasons cited in the discussion of LWG 2509.

[2016-09-09 Issues Resolution Telecon]

P0; move to Tentatively Ready

Previous resolution [SUPERSEDED]:

This wording is relative to N4606.

  1. In 19.8.4 [any.nonmembers] p5, edit as follows:

    template<class ValueType>
      ValueType any_cast(const any& operand);
    template<class ValueType>
      ValueType any_cast(any& operand);
    template<class ValueType>
      ValueType any_cast(any&& operand);

    -4- Requires: is_reference_v<ValueType> is true or is_copy_constructible_v<ValueType> is true. Otherwise the program is ill-formed.

    -5- Returns: For the first form, *any_cast<add_const_t<remove_reference_t<ValueType>>>(&operand). For the second and third forms, *any_cast<remove_reference_t<ValueType>>(&operand). For the third form, std::forward<ValueType>(*any_cast<remove_reference_t<ValueType>>(&operand)).


[Issues Telecon 16-Dec-2016]

Move to Tentatively Ready

Proposed resolution:

Resolved by the wording provided by LWG 2769.