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Subject: Re: [boost] Outcome/expected/etc/etc/etc
From: Peter Dimov (lists_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-06-05 11:57:20

Gottlob Frege wrote:

> Some days I'm like "man just accept empty, it would be a simple API", but
> then I think "it is stupid for variant<int, double> to be empty". Other
> days I think "just double buffer when necessary" (I assume that's your
> direction Peter?), but then I think "I don't want double-buffering
> variant<list, vector> to go on/off based on whether I use MS std vs libc++
> etc" and also "I don't want double buffering for cases that only happen in
> theory, not in practice".

That is my direction, yes. My variant uses double storage when (1) not all
types have noexcept move constructors and (2) there isn't a noexcept default
constructible type in the list.

I think that in practice few variants will hit the double case, as it's rare
to have variant<list, vector> without a scalar alternative, although who

For variant<list, vector> specifically, when going from libstdc++ to MS STL
the difference is that sizeof(variant) changes, but it changes for
std::variant, too. Obviously, double storage can never be as good as single
storage, but I view this as an acceptable compromise. You can guarantee
single storage by putting a nothrow default constructible type in the list
of alternatives.

> - I think std::expected should always throw something deriving from
> std::exception. So if E derives from std::exception, we can throw it. If
> E is exception_ptr we can (re)throw it. If E is
> error_code/system_error/etc we can figure out what to throw. If E is
> user-type, then we wrap it in bad_expected or whatever.

My suggested expected<> just calls `throw_on_unexpected(e)` unqualified
(it's a customization point.) There are overloads for std::error_code and
std::exception_ptr and the fallback default is to throw

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