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3524. Unimplementable narrowing and evaluation order requirements for range adaptors

Section: 24.7 [range.adaptors] Status: Resolved Submitter: Tim Song Opened: 2021-02-19 Last modified: 2021-06-14

Priority: 3

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Discussion:

The specification of various range factory and adaptor objects generally says that some function call expression on them is expression-equivalent to an expression that performs list-initialization or in some cases a comma expression. This imposes evaluation order requirements that are unlikely to be intended and sometimes outright contradictory. For example, 24.7.10.1 [range.drop.overview] says that views::drop(E, F) is expression-equivalent to "((void) F, decay-copy(E))" in one case, and drop_view{E, F} in another. The first expression requires F to be sequenced before E, while the second expression requires E to be sequenced before F. They can't both hold in the absence of high levels of compiler magic.

Additionally, because the core language narrowing check in list-initialization considers the value of constant expressions, "expression-equivalent" also requires the constantness to be propagated. For example, given a range E whose difference_type is int32_t, views::drop(E, int64_t()) is required to work, but int64_t l = 0; views::drop(E, l) is required to be ill-formed. This seems unlikely to be the intent either.

[2021-03-12; Reflector poll]

Set priority to 3 following reflector poll.

[2021-06-13 Resolved by the adoption of P2367R0 at the June 2021 plenary. Status changed: New → Resolved.]

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