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3706. How does std::format work with character arrays of unknown bound?

Section: [format.formatter.spec] Status: New Submitter: S. B. Tam Opened: 2022-05-31 Last modified: 2022-06-21

Priority: 3

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#include <format>
#include <iostream>

extern char str[];
auto result = std::format("{}", str);
char str[] = "hello";

int main()
  std::cout << result << std::endl;

Currently MSVC STL (as well as fmtlib when fmt::format is used instead of std::format) accepts the initializer of result, while libc++ produces an error (apparently because there's no formatter for char[]).

Should this be valid?


This issue is similar to LWG 3701, but not the same, because the latter wants template<size_t N> struct formatter<charT[N], charT>, while this one needs template<>struct formatter<charT[], charT> (that is, without the array bound).

[2022-06-21; Reflector poll]

Set priority to 3 after reflector poll.

Proposed resolution: