iterator_traits should work for pointers to cv T
Billy Robert O'Neal III

Created on 2017-03-27.00:00:00 last changed 36 months ago


Date: 2017-07-15.22:58:07

Proposed resolution:

This wording is relative to N4659.

  1. Change [iterator.synopsis] as indicated:

    // [iterator.primitives], primitives
    template<class Iterator> struct iterator_traits;
    template<class T> struct iterator_traits<T*>;
    template<class T> struct iterator_traits<const T*>;
  2. Change [iterator.traits] as indicated:

    -3- It is specialized for pointers as

    namespace std {
      template<class T> struct iterator_traits<T*> {
        using difference_type = ptrdiff_t;
        using value_type = remove_cv_t<T>;
        using pointer = T*;
        using reference = T&;
        using iterator_category = random_access_iterator_tag;

    and for pointers to const as

    namespace std {
      template<class T> struct iterator_traits<const T*> {
        using difference_type = ptrdiff_t;
        using value_type = T;
        using pointer = const T*;
        using reference = const T&;
        using iterator_category = random_access_iterator_tag;
Date: 2017-07-15.22:58:07

[ 2017-07 Toronto Wed Issue Prioritization ]

Priority 0; move to Ready

Date: 2017-04-15.00:00:00

[ 2017-03-30, David Krauss comments ]

volatile pointers may not be well-behaved random-access iterators. When simple access incurs side effects, the multiple-pass guarantee depends on underlying (hardware) semantics.

Date: 2017-03-27.00:00:00

iterator_traits accepts pointer to volatile T*, but then says that the value_type is volatile T, instead of T, which is inconsistent for what it does for pointer to const T. We should either reject volatile outright or give the right answer.

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