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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-06-01 15:03:28

"Jordan DeLong" <fracture_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> First; pre-emptive apologies if this should be sent to boost-users
> instead of here (or I guess the Mod can nuke it and tell me). I figured
> I should send it here because it's more of a design issue than a "how
> do I use this" issue...
> path::begin() is defined as returning an 'iterator' (not a
> const_iterator), so I figured I'd be able to write to it.

The docs describe iterator as " A const iterator..."

> I wrote some
> code which did something like:
> fs::path p;
> /*...*/
> for (fs::path::iterator it = p.begin();
> it != p.end();
> it++)
> if (*it == "FOO")
> *it = "BAR";
> This errors because operator* on the iterator type returns a const
> string&.
> So: was this a deliberate design decision? I don't see anything about
> this in the design rationale stuff in the docs for Boost.Filesystem.
> Is there a good reason not to allow people to use the iterator to modify
> individual path elements?

Doing so would require actually maintaining elements internally as
individual elements, say in a vector of strings. That would be pretty
inefficient for most uses of path, just to support such uncommon usage.

Instead, rewrite your code something like this:

 fs::path p;
fs::new_path new_p;
 for (fs::path::iterator it = p.begin();
        it != p.end();
    if (*it == "FOO") new_path /= "BAR";
    else new_path /= *it;



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