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Re: shadowed rel_ops operators

On Sat, Jan 20, 2001 at 03:29:44PM +1100, Richard Andrews wrote:
> > > I have made the changes on my system and recompiled my extensive list
> > > of container code without any problems that I can see. So it looks like
> > > its safe to do this.
> > 
> > The rel_ops members were sequestered there to keep them out of
> > trouble. (They would have been removed entirely but for political
> > considerations.)
> > 
> > Exposing them is dangerous because (IIRC) they are too greedy; they 
> > interfere with other template operators that users define.  (Recall
> > that users are allowed to specialize std:: templates on their own
> > types.)
> From my position it seems that the templated __normal_iterator operators
> are just as "greedy" as the rel_ops operators.
> For my situation (inheriting from iterators) they are worse than using
> rel_ops in <iterator> since they prevent me from using rel_ops which is
> guaranteed by the standard [20.2]. I'm not sure what the "political"
> considerations are you are alluding to. Maybe someone can fill me in
> since I'm relatively new to this group.

The rel_ops operators are where they are because they *don't*
*work* *right*.  Dragging them into std:: would violate the 
standard by breaking useful conforming programs.
> It seems to me that having any templated operators that can overlap
> those in rel_ops in some situation _WILL_ under particular conditions
> conflict with rel_ops in an unresolvable manner so unless the rel_ops
> operators are used OR every iterator has only member operators,
> standard code will fail to compile under libstdc++.
> Am I missing something here?

Yes.  It is not the iterator operators that break rel_ops, but rather
the rel_ops operators that break the iterator operators, as indeed they
break all similar operators.

The rel_ops operators are not useful.  They were a mistake.  If you 
insist on using them, you will have trouble.  Nobody will care, because 
you asked for it.  

Nathan Myers
ncm at cantrip dot org

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