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3271. Parsing functions should save and restore stream format state

Section: 29.13 [time.parse] Status: NAD Submitter: Howard Hinnant Opened: 2019-09-02 Last modified: 2020-09-06

Priority: 3

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from_stream overloads may need to set various formatting state and flags of the basic_istream to implement the parsing functionality. Such settings must not persist beyond the parsing functions. Thus these functions need to save and restore any settings on the basic_istream they may need to change.

[2019-10 Priority set to 3 after reflector discussion]

[2020-02, Prague; Close as NAD]

LWG reviewed the issue and decided no change is needed. Unless specified to change the flags, it's assumed that the stream flags are unchanged by any input function.

Proposed resolution:

This wording is relative to N4830.

[Drafting note: The modification of 29.13 [time.parse] p1 is intended to be non-conflictingly mergeable with the change suggested by LWG 3269 at the same paragraph.]

  1. Modify 29.13 [time.parse] as indicated:

    -1- Each parse overload specified in this subclause calls from_stream unqualified, so as to enable argument dependent lookup (6.5.4 [basic.lookup.argdep]). In the following paragraphs, let is denote an object of type basic_istream<charT, traits>, where charT and traits are template parameters in that context.


    -10- All from_stream overloads behave as unformatted input functions, except that they have an unspecified effect on the value returned by subsequent calls to basic_istream<>::gcount(). Any changes made to is.fill(), is.width() or is.flags() are undone prior to an returning or exceptional execution ([thread.once.callonce]). Each overload takes a format string containing ordinary characters and flags which have special meaning. Each flag begins with a %. Some flags can be modified by E or O. During parsing each flag interprets characters as parts of date and time types according to Table [tab:time.parse.spec]. Some flags can be modified by a width parameter given as a positive decimal integer called out as N below which governs how many characters are parsed from the stream in interpreting the flag. All characters in the format string that are not represented in Table [tab:time.parse.spec], except for white space, are parsed unchanged from the stream. A white space character matches zero or more white space characters in the input stream.