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Section: 184.108.40.206.8 [util.smartptr.shared.cmp] Status: C++17 Submitter: United States Opened: 2017-02-03 Last modified: 2020-09-06
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Discussion:Addresses US 135
The less-than operator for shared pointers compares only those combinations that can form a composite pointer type. With the C++17 wording for the diamond functor, less<>, we should be able to support comparison of a wider range of shared pointers, such that less<>::operator(shared_ptr<A>, shared_ptr<B>) is consistent with less<>::operator(A *, B *).
Proposed change: Replace less<V> with just less<>, and drop the reference to composite pointer types.
[2017-03-02, Kona, STL comments and provides wording]
We talked about this in LWG, and I talked to Alisdair. The status quo is already maximally general (operator less-than in Core always forms a composite pointer type), but we can use diamond-less to significantly simplify the specification. (We can't use less-than directly, due to the total ordering issue, which diamond-less was recently "upgraded" to handle.)
Accepted as Immediate to resolve NB comment.
This wording is relative to N4640.
Change 220.127.116.11.8 [util.smartptr.shared.cmp] as depicted:
template<class T, class U> bool operator<(const shared_ptr<T>& a, const shared_ptr<U>& b) noexcept;
-2- Returns: less<
V>()(a.get(), b.get()) , where V is the composite pointer type (Clause 5) of shared_ptr<T>::element_type* and shared_ptr<U>::element_type*.