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3470. convertible-to-non-slicing seems to reject valid case

Section: 24.5.4 [range.subrange] Status: WP Submitter: S. B. Tam Opened: 2020-07-26 Last modified: 2021-10-17

Priority: 3

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#include <ranges>

int main()
  int a[3] = { 1, 2, 3 };
  int* b[3] = { &a[2], &a[0], &a[1] };
  auto c = std::ranges::subrange<const int*const*>(b);

The construction of c is ill-formed because convertible-to-non-slicing<int**, const int*const*> is false, although the conversion does not involve object slicing.

I think subrange should allow such qualification conversion, just like unique_ptr<T[]> already does.

(Given that this constraint is useful in more than one context, maybe it deserves a named type trait?)

[2020-08-21; Reflector prioritization]

Set priority to 3 after reflector discussions.

[2021-05-19 Tim adds wording]

The wording below, which has been implemented and tested on top of libstdc++, uses the same technique we use for unique_ptr, shared_ptr, and span. It seems especially appropriate to have feature parity between subrange and span in this respect.

[2021-06-23; Reflector poll]

Set status to Tentatively Ready after five votes in favour during reflector poll.

[2021-10-14 Approved at October 2021 virtual plenary. Status changed: Voting → WP.]

Proposed resolution:

This wording is relative to N4885.

  1. Modify 24.5.4 [range.subrange] as indicated:

    namespace std::ranges {
      template<class From, class To>
        concept uses-nonqualification-pointer-conversion = // exposition only
          is_pointer_v<From> && is_pointer_v<To> &&
          !convertible_to<remove_pointer_t<From>(*)[], remove_pointer_t<To>(*)[]>;
      template<class From, class To>
        concept convertible-to-non-slicing = // exposition only
          convertible_to<From, To> &&
          !uses-nonqualification-pointer-conversion<decay_t<From>, decay_t<To>>;
          !(is_pointer_v<decay_t<From>> &&
          is_pointer_v<decay_t<To>> &&
          not-same-as<remove_pointer_t<decay_t<From>>, remove_pointer_t<decay_t<To>>>