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Subject: [Boost-users] [Multi-Index] Design Rationale behind erase in ordered_index container
From: Ovanes Markarian (om_boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-02-21 10:29:04

Hello Joaquín,

the doc states in erase that an iterator or end-iterator is returned when
erasing an element. What was the rationale behind returning the iterator?
Where other members return the number of elements being removed.

My point is that end-iterator is also returned when erasing an element
where iterator points one before the end iterator. Now to be sure that the
specified element was really removed my call must either use the key and
search for that element again or compare the size before and after the
erase call.

Many thanks,

iterator erase(iterator position);

*Requires:* position is a valid dereferenceable iterator of the index.
*Effects:* Deletes the element pointed to by position.
*Returns:* An iterator pointing to the element immediately following the
one that was deleted, or end() if no such element exists.
*Complexity:* O(D(n)).
*Exception safety:* nothrow.

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