Re: unordered_map non-existent key

Davit <>
Thu, 22 Jul 2010 08:37:32 CST
accessing a non-existent key by using [], will add new entry in the
map with your key and default value of your value type(or created with
non-argument constructor);

in your code, after line "int v = H[7];" H.size() will be 2.

On Jul 22, 3:30 am, Helmut Jarausch <>


what happens if I try to access a non-existent key by using
operator[] ?

#include <unordered_map>
typedef std::unordered_map<int,int> IntHash;
typedef IntHash::value_type ValuePair;

int main() {
  IntHash H;
  int v = H[7];
  cout << v << endl;


gcc-4.4.4 does not throw an exception and returns 0.
What should it do? Throwing an exception or returning a
default value (if this, how to set the default value)?

Many thanks for a hint,

Helmut Jarausch
Lehrstuhl fuer Numerische Mathematik
RWTH - Aachen University
D 52056 Aachen, Germany

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