problem with friend and namespaces
Martin v. Loewis
Wed Jun 28 14:06:00 GMT 2000
> Is there a problem with friend declarations inside namespaces or with the
> support of the '::' operator ?
Thanks for your bug report. This is indeed a known bug in g++. Please
note that there is an inherent ambiguity in C++, also. If you have
friend A ::B::f(); //function f in namespace B returning A
friend A::B ::f(); //global function f returning A::B
This is no problem in your example, but it should give you an idea
about the parsing problems that arise. I had a patch fixing your case
at one time, but it broke other (more important) cases. As a result,
you cannot have qualified names in a friend declaration in g++, sorry.
If somebody volunteers to rewrite the C++ parser, there'd be a chance
that this bug would get fixed as well.
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