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From Liviu Nicoara <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] STDCXX-1073
Date Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:12:29 GMT
A few observations after spending a few hours working on the improved test.

On 10/21/12 19:08, Martin Sebor wrote:
> ...
> There's no requirement that embedded NULs must be preserved
> (that's just how it happens to be implemented). I find it best
> to avoid relying on the knowledge of implementation details
> when exercising the library so that tests don't start failing
> after a conforming optimization or some such tweak is added
> to the code.

I agree with the implementation details part. However, there is only one 
way NULs get processed and that is by keeping them in the string, 
verbatim. In this respect the previous test incarnation was a stronger test.

I modified the test according to the suggestions. The test fails all 
corresponding wide-char cases and I am investigating other potential 
defects as well. For example, I do not think that employing strcoll and 
wcscoll in compare is correct as they stop at the first NUL, although 
strings may contain characters after the NUL that alter the result of 
the comparison.

> Attached is a test case that reproduces the bug without relying
> on implementation details. The test passes with your patch,
> confirming that it's good. This test still makes the assumption
> that strings that lexicographically distinct strings compare
> unequal in the en_US locale, but I think that's a safe assumption
> regardless of the encoding (though only for the hardcoded strings).

All narrow test cases pass fine, but I gotta look into the wide-char 


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