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Subject: Re: [boost] Using allocator rebind on an incomplete type
From: Bo Persson (bop_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-10-27 12:52:46

Chris Newbold wrote:
>> From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
>> [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Bo Persson
>> Sent: Saturday, October 25, 2008 8:13 AM
>> Yes, but their other choice is to use a Node* as the link between
>> the list nodes. That imposes a different set of constraints on user
>> defined allocators.
> The libstdc++ list implementation does not appear to impose the
> incomplete type constraint on allocators.

No, but they impose the constraint that allocator<T>::pointer must be

This is allowed by the (current) standard, but it also recommends
implementations to not have this restriction.

> I realize that there is practically nothing that I can do about the
> constraints that Microsoft's list is imposing, but I did want to
> get a feel for whether the constraint on incomplete types is
> something that I should expect or whether I should just implement a
> Microsoft-specific workaround for the case I've run into...

It is a different set of constraints. You choose what is "normal" and
what needs a "workaround"...

Bo Persson

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