Re: Inserting objects into a std::map?

James Kanze <>
Fri, 28 Mar 2008 02:31:25 -0700 (PDT)
On Mar 27, 10:05 pm, red floyd <no.s...@here.dude> wrote:

saneman wrote:

Another thing. When I make:

std::map<Bob, int> m;

And my Bob class does not define '<' operator why does the
compiler not complain in the above declaration of 'm'?

It's called SFNIAE (Substitution Failure Is Not An Error).

No it's not. It's called undefined behavior. SFNIAE is
something else entirely (and only concerns function templates,
since it takes place in template argument deduction).

Until the problematic code is instantiated (by the insert call
below), there isn't a problem.

Just because the compiler doesn't complain doesn't mean that
there's no problem, or that the code is correct. Undefined
behavior is undefined behavior, and unless your implementation
explicitly defines it, it is an error.

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