string::compare() problem?

Andrew Walrond
Sun Mar 21 16:26:00 GMT 2004

Test program (Using gcc 3.3.3)

#include <string>
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
int main()
         string a("--level");
         string b("--");
         cout << << endl;
         return 0;


Why doesn't this give 0? According to my reading of the function, it should 
only compare the first 2 chars of each string.

From basic_string.h:

      compare(const basic_string& __str) const
	size_type __size = this->size();
	size_type __osize = __str.size();
	size_type __len = std::min(__size, __osize);

	int __r = traits_type::compare(_M_data(),, __len);
	if (!__r)
	  __r =  __size - __osize;
	return __r;

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