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From Liviu Nicoara <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] STDCXX-1073
Date Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:22:43 GMT
On 10/24/12 11:11, Martin Sebor wrote:
> On 10/24/2012 07:12 AM, Liviu Nicoara wrote:
>> [...]
>> 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.
> I would expect the wchar_t specialization to be analogous
> to the narrow one. In fact (without looking at the code),
> I would even think both could be implemented in terms of
> the same function template specialized on the character
> type and on the libc string function. (Although I'm not
> necessarily suggesting this as the solution to this issue.)

They are not similar, AFAICT. In revision 367462 you implemented the 
wide byname do_compare in terms of wcscoll, if available, when using 
libc. That implementation does not take into account embedded NULs. This 
is in contrast with the narrow byname which simply transforms the 
strings and compares them.

Testing shows that an implementation of wide byname do_compare identical 
with the narrow version passes all tests, as expected.

It's easy to me to just remove the wcscoll-based implementation. Also, 
error reporting from wcscoll seems difficult to use when libc does not 
have thread-local errno's, and right now we don't check for errors. 
OTOH, I expect wcscoll to be faster than the (simpler) transformation 
followed by comparison.

I incline towards the simpler approach. Thoughts?


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