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Subject: [boost] none_t I/O operators
From: Gregory Crosswhite (gcross_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-05-17 01:45:42

Hey everyone,

I have recently run into a scenario where it was useful to have << and
>> I/O operators defined for none_t. I was using Boost Program Options
to create a list of program options, and I wanted one of my options to
be a help message. Since this option has no value except for the side
effect of printing a help message and exiting, I gave it the type
none_t, i.e.:

         ( "help"
that prints help message...)
         ,"print help message and exit\n"

When I did this, it complained that the >> operator was not defined for
none_t, so I went ahead and defined my own I/O operators, which are
essentially just no-ops:

     inline std::istream& operator>> (std::istream& in, boost::none_t&
_) { return in; }
     inline std::ostream& operator<< (std::ostream& out, const
boost::none_t& _) { return out; }

It seems to me that these are the natural I/O operators to define for
this type, and so it would be useful to have them be officially part of
Boost. Although it is unlikely that a user would ever call them
directly, their existence could prove useful in various circumstances
where a generic I/O function is being applied to a none_t, such as the
case I ran into/

If people were willing to accept a patch that adds these operators to
Boost, then I would be willing to write such a patch. Obviously I would
need to generalize the istream/ostream types to the full generic
versions which include the template parameters for character traits,
etc. I would also add forward declarations of istream and ostream just
before these declarations so that the implementation would not need to
have the <istream> and <ostream> headers as dependencies, though this
would be tricky because I'd need to figure out how to detect if
<istream> and/or <ostream> have not been included yet.



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