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536. Container iterator constructor and explicit convertibility

Section: 21.2 [container.requirements] Status: Dup Submitter: Joaquín M López Muñoz Opened: 2005-12-17 Last modified: 2017-02-03

Priority: Not Prioritized

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Duplicate of: 589


The iterator constructor X(i,j) for containers as defined in 23.1.1 and 23.2.2 does only require that i and j be input iterators but nothing is said about their associated value_type. There are three sensible options:

  1. iterator's value_type is exactly X::value_type (modulo cv).
  2. iterator's value_type is *implicitly* convertible to X::value_type.
  3. iterator's value_type is *explicitly* convertible to X::value_type.

The issue has practical implications, and stdlib vendors have taken divergent approaches to it: Dinkumware follows 2, libstdc++ follows 3.

The same problem applies to the definition of insert(p,i,j) for sequences and insert(i,j) for associative contianers, as well as assign.

[ The following added by Howard and the example code was originally written by Dietmar. ]

Valid code below?

#include <vector> 
#include <iterator> 
#include <iostream> 

struct foo 
    explicit foo(int) {} 

int main() 
    std::vector<int> v_int; 
    std::vector<foo> v_foo1(v_int.begin(), v_int.end()); 
    std::vector<foo> v_foo2((std::istream_iterator<int>(std::cin)), 

[ Berlin: Some support, not universal, for respecting the explicit qualifier. ]

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