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Re: Builtins in `std'

On 23-May-2001, Jakub Jelinek <> wrote:
> On Wed, May 23, 2001 at 09:55:31AM -0700, Mark Mitchell wrote:
> > In C++, there is no such standard function as `::strchr', and it would
> > be wrong to optimize it specially.  A user program like:
> But the C++ standard includes implicitely ISO C standard which defines what
> strchr does.

The C++ standard explicitly includes (by reference) parts of the ISO C
standard.  However, in C++ the C standard library functions are not
defined in global scope, they are instead defined in namespace std.
See the quote below.

It is true that the C++ standard allows the implementation to optimize
`::strchr' specially, but this is because C standard library function
names are reserved for the implementation by the relevant part of the
C++ standard (see my earlier post), not directly because the C standard
defines strchr.


 | - Library contents [lib.contents]
 |    -4- Except as noted in [...]
 |    the contents of each header cname shall be the same
 |    as that of the corresponding header name.h, as specified in ISO/IEC  
 |    9899:1990 Programming Languages C (Clause 7), or ISO/IEC:1990
 |    Programming Languages --- C AMENDMENT 1: C Integrity, (Clause 7), as
 |    appropriate, as if by inclusion. In the C++ Standard Library, however,
 |    the declarations and definitions (except for names which are defined
 |    as macros in C) are within namespace scope (basic.scope.namespace) of
 |    the namespace std.

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