Relational pointer comparisons against the null pointer constant
7.6.9 [expr.rel]
James Widman

Created on 2006-05-24.00:00:00 last changed 90 months ago


Date: 2013-04-15.00:00:00

[Moved to DR status at the April, 2013 meeting as paper N3624.]

Date: 2013-04-15.00:00:00

Proposed resolution (April, 2013):

This issue is resolved by the resolution of issue 1512.

Date: 2006-05-24.00:00:00

In C, this is ill-formed (cf C99 6.5.8):

    void f(char* s) {
        if (s < 0) { }

...but in C++, it's not. Why? Who would ever need to write (s > 0) when they could just as well write (s != 0)?

This has been in the language since the ARM (and possibly earlier); apparently it's because the pointer conversions (7.3.12 [conv.ptr]) need to be performed on both operands whenever one of the operands is of pointer type. So it looks like the "null-ptr-to-real-pointer-type" conversion is hitching a ride with the other pointer conversions.

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