### 618. valarray::cshift() effects on empty array

**Section:** 29.7.2.8 [valarray.members] **Status:** CD1
**Submitter:** Gabriel Dos Reis **Opened:** 2007-01-10 **Last modified:** 2016-02-10

**Priority: **Not Prioritized

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**Discussion:**

I would respectfully request an issue be opened with the intention to
clarify the wording for `size() == 0` for `cshift`.

**Proposed resolution:**

Change 29.7.2.8 [valarray.members], paragraph 10:

valarray<T> cshift(int *n*) const;

This function returns an object of class `valarray<T>`, of
length `size()`, ~~each of whose elements ~~`I` is
`(*this)[(I + n ) % size()]`. Thus, if element zero is taken as
the leftmost element, a positive value of *n* shifts the elements
circularly left *n* places. that is a circular shift of `*this`. If
element zero is taken as the leftmost element, a non-negative value of
*n* shifts the elements circularly left *n* places and a
negative value of *n* shifts the elements circularly right
-*n* places.

**Rationale:**

We do not believe that there is any real ambiguity about what happens
when `size() == 0`, but we do believe that spelling this out as a C++
expression causes more trouble that it solves. The expression is
certainly wrong when `n < 0`, since the sign of % with negative arguments
is implementation defined.

*[
Kona (2007) Changed proposed wording, added rationale and set to Review.
]*