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Subject: Re: [boost] ptr_map_adapter::insert non const key argument
From: Pekka Seppänen (pekka.seppanen_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-06-20 07:54:21

On 20.6.2013 14:41, Gaetano Mendola wrote:
> Hi,
> it seems that the method:
> std::pair<iterator,bool> ptr_map_adapter::insert( key_type& key, mapped_type x )
> has the key argument non const? Is there a valid reason for it or it's just a mistake?

It's a deliberate choice. I'm quoting the pointer container FAQ here..

Q: Why does ptr_map<T>::insert()/replace() take two arguments (the key and the
pointer) instead of one std::pair? And why is the key passed by non-const

A: This is the only way the function can be implemented in an exception-safe
manner; since the copy-constructor of the key might throw, and since function
arguments are not guaranteed to be evaluated from left to right, we need to
ensure that evaluating the first argument does not throw. Passing the key as a
reference achieves just that.

-- Pekka

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