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Subject: Re: [boost] [utility] Adding noexcept to boost::declval
From: Michel Morin (mimomorin_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-03-26 11:33:52

(Forgot to send to the list; now back to the list again.)

Vicente J. Botet Escriba wrote:
> OK, I will rollback it and analyze the breaking change.

The important thing is that declval<T>() should preserve
the constness/non-constness and the rvalueness/lvalueness of T.
Essentially, it's OK to define declval<T>() as simply T.

Then, why declval<T>() is defined as add_rvalue_reference<T>::type?
This is because
  * When declval<T>() is defined as T, we cannot use abstract types as T.
  * When declval<T>() is defined as T&&, we cannot use void as T.
The definition with add_rvalue_reference<T>::type also allows to use
incomplete types as T.

In C++03, it is not possible to construct rvalues of abstract types or
incomplete types. So, the correct way to define declval<T>() in C++03
is to just use T. And this is the definition of declval<T>() in the previous
version of boost::declval when BOOST_NO_RVALUE_REFERENCES is defined.

Defining declval<T>() as add_lvalue_reference<T>::type is wrong;
add_lvalue_reference should be removed!


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