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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-05-24 12:36:25

From: "Darin Adler" <darin_at_[hidden]>

> On Thursday, May 24, 2001, at 07:01 AM, Peter Dimov wrote:
> > I have some comments on shared_ptr.
> >
> > 1. Isn't specializing std::less without defining the corresponding
> > operator<
> > setting a dangerous precedent? This means that sort(f, l) and sort(f, l,
> > less<>()) could potentially give different results.
> No, I don't think it's setting a precedent.
> C++ pointers themselves have a slightly more severe version of the same
> problem. Calls to sort (f, l), and sort (f, l, less<>()) can give
> different results for an array of pointers, for example.

Yes. Is continuing this 'tradition' with shared_ptr necessary? We can't
redefine operator< for pointers, but we can decide whether to provide
operator< or std::less for shared_ptr.

> 2) It doesn't provide the < operator. Thus sort (f, l) will fail to
> compile rather than relying on unspecified behavior. I think this is good
> and helps people write portable code.

I didn't suggest relying on unspecified behavior.

> An alternative choice would be to define the < operator and the other
> comparison operators too, being sure to use std::less on the underlying
> pointer rather than using the < operator. But I don't think this would be
> an improvement.


Peter Dimov
Multi Media Ltd.

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