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Re: Should basic_*stream::is_open() be const?

On Fri, Aug 13, 2004 at 01:10:17PM +0200, Andreas Kohn wrote:

> On Fri, 2004-08-13 at 12:44, Gabriel Dos Reis wrote:
> > 
> > Still, I find the need to this addition very dubious.
> > 
> Without this methods being const (which they should be IMHO from a
> logical perspective, as they do not change the internal state of the
> stream but simply return state information), methods that use these
> methods can not be const.
> This "can not be const" will easily cascade into upper layers, which
> reduces quality and safeness of the code.

I agree with you from a theoretical perspective (and need no convincing
of the merits of const-correctness) but I'm surprised it makes much
practical difference whether you can test if a const std::fstream is open
or not.  If you find your const std::fstream is not open() what do you
plan to do?  You can't open it or perform I/O, because it's const.

I am sure I've missed something, but I'm tempted to consider a const
fstream a case of applying the rule a little too rigidly.

(I have no opinion on whether the patch should be applied, so please
don't take this as an objection)


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