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Section: 25.11 [specialized.algorithms] Status: New Submitter: Alisdair Meredith Opened: 2018-02-12 Last modified: 2020-05-02
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A typical specification of the algorithms for initializing raw memory in <memory> looks like:
Effects: Equivalent to:for (; first != last; ++first) ::new (static_cast<void*>(addressof(*first))) typename iterator_traits<ForwardIterator>::value_type;
However, this hides a nasty question:How do we bind a reference to an uninitialized object when dereferencing our iterator, so that static_cast<void*>(addressof(*first)) does not trigger undefined behavior on the call to *first? When pointers are the only iterators we cared about, we could simply cast the iterator value to void* without dereferencing. I don't see how to implement this spec safely without introducing another customization point for iterators that performs the same function as casting a pointer to void* in order to get the address of the element.
[2018-02-20, Priority set to 3 after mailing list discussion]