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3913. ranges::const_iterator_t<range R> fails to accept arrays of unknown bound

Section: 26.2 [ranges.syn] Status: NAD Submitter: Arthur O'Dwyer Opened: 2023-03-28 Last modified: 2023-11-07

Priority: 3

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ranges::iterator_t<T> is unconstrained; but in contrast, ranges::const_iterator_t<T> constrains T to be a range, i.e., it must have an end.

    static_assert(std::is_same_v<std::ranges::iterator_t<int(&)[2]>, int*>);
    static_assert(std::is_same_v<std::ranges::iterator_t<int(&)[]>, int*>);  // OK
    static_assert(std::is_same_v<std::ranges::const_iterator_t<int(&)[2]>, const int*>);
    static_assert(std::is_same_v<std::ranges::const_iterator_t<int(&)[]>, const int*>);  // hard error

[2023-06-01; Reflector poll]

Set priority to 3 after reflector poll. Several votes for NAD. Send to SG9 to be looked at with P2836.

[Kona 2023-11-07; SG9]

SG9 considered this and noted it's obsolete due to LWG 3946. To support this case now would require changing ranges::cbegin to add a special case for arrays of unknown bound, which would require a paper.

[Kona 2023-11-07; Status changed: Open → NAD.]

Proposed resolution:

This wording is relative to N4944.

  1. Modify 26.2 [ranges.syn] as indicated:

      template<class T>
        using iterator_t = decltype(ranges::begin(declval<T&&gt;()));    // freestanding
      template<range R>
        using sentinel_t = decltype(ranges::end(declval<R&&gt;()));      // freestanding
      template<rangeclass R>
        using const_iterator_t = const_iterator<iterator_t<R>>;       // freestanding
      template<range R>
        using const_sentinel_t = const_sentinel<sentinel_t<R>>;       // freestanding