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3296. Inconsistent default argument for basic_regex<>::assign

Section: 30.8 [re.regex] Status: WP Submitter: Mark de Wever Opened: 2019-09-16 Last modified: 2020-02-24

Priority: 0

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The declaration of the overload of basic_regex<>::assign(const charT* p, size_t len, flag_type f) has an inconsistent default argument for the flag_type f parameter.

30.8 [re.regex] p3:

basic_regex& assign(const charT* p, size_t len, flag_type f);

30.8.2 [re.regex.assign] before p12:

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

Since all other overloads have a default argument in both 30.8 [re.regex] and 30.8.2 [re.regex.assign] I propose to add a default argument for this overload in the declaration in 30.8 [re.regex].

It should be pointed out that there exists implementation divergence due to the current wording state: libc++ and libstdc++ do not implement the default argument. The MS STL library does have the default argument.

[2019-10-31 Issue Prioritization]

Status to Tentatively Ready and priority to 0 after six positive votes on the reflector.

Proposed resolution:

This wording is relative to N4830.

  1. Modify 30.8 [re.regex], class template basic_regex synopsis, as indicated:

    // 30.8.2 [re.regex.assign], assign
    basic_regex& assign(const charT* ptr, flag_type f = regex_constants::ECMAScript);
    basic_regex& assign(const charT* p, size_t len, flag_type f = regex_constants::ECMAScript);
    template<class string_traits, class A>
      basic_regex& assign(const basic_string<charT, string_traits, A>& s,
                          flag_type f = regex_constants::ECMAScript);
    template<class InputIterator>
      basic_regex& assign(InputIterator first, InputIterator last,
                          flag_type f = regex_constants::ECMAScript);
    basic_regex& assign(initializer_list<charT>,
                        flag_type = regex_constants::ECMAScript);