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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-07-10 10:26:06

David Abrahams <dave <at>> writes:

> Rene Rivera <grafik.list <at>> writes:
> It's an ODR thing. If you then use the parameter names in a function
> template that's not in an unnamed namespace but _is_ in multiple TU's,
> you have technically violated the ODR.
> In general, types in header files had better stay out of the unnamed
> namespace.

In fact, it looks like to be really safe from ODR violations we need
to require the keyword objects to be declared as _references_ in the
unnamed namespace using the unique_instance trick, per
because a function template using named parameters and instantiated
in different translation units might otherwise use different objects.
It's very tempting to ignore this problem, because IMO it will *never*
cause a problem in practice, and because it complicates the usage and
documentation of the parameter library. We also need someplace to
put unique_instance. It's too general to go in boost::parameter and
it's not suitable for boost::detail since users have to touch it.

Any helpful ideas about all this would be appreciated, especially if
you can find standard text that makes it all go away ;-)

For more context, please see my Nov 16th reply to Rene in
GMane's posting nanny won't let me quote very much.

Dave Abrahams
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