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3673. §[locale.cons] Ambiguous argument in Throws for locale+name+category constructor

Section: [locale.cons] Status: New Submitter: Hubert Tong Opened: 2022-02-12 Last modified: 2022-03-04

Priority: 3

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locale(const locale& other, const char* std_name, category);


Throws: runtime_error if the argument is not valid, or is null.

There being three arguments, the statement is rather problematic. It looks like a copy/paste from

explicit locale(const char* std_name);

The conclusion, assuming that "the argument" is also std_name in the problem case, seems to be that the statement should be changed to read:

Throws: runtime_error if std_name is not valid, or is null.

However there is implementation divergence over whether or not values for the category argument not explicitly described as valid by [locale.category] result in runtime_error.

libc++ does not throw. libstdc++ does.


#include <locale>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <exception>
int main(void) {
  std::locale Generic("C");
  try {
    std::locale Abomination(Generic, Generic, 0x7fff'ffff);
  } catch (std::runtime_error&) {
    fprintf(stderr, "Threw\n");

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[2022-03-04; Reflector poll]

Set priority to 3 after reflector poll.

Proposed resolution: