Re: scope and references to temporaries

"Victor Bazarov" <>
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 15:48:44 -0400
Martin Vejn1r wrote:

Victor Bazarov wrote:

REH wrote:

const int& foo(const int& i)
   return i;

int j = foo(5);

does the temporary live long enough to be assigned to j?

No. It lives only as long as 'i' inside the 'foo' function scope. As
soon as you return from 'foo', the reference bound to the
temporary goes out of scope, its lifetime ends, and so the temporary
itself is destroyed. The return value reference (initialised from
'i', which is valid at *that* point) becomes invalid. Trying to
initialise 'j' with it is a crap shoot (undefined behaviour).

Is that so?

    [...] A temporary bound to a reference parameter in a function
call (5.2.2) persists until the completion of the full expression
containing the call. [...]

If I read the Standard correctly, the above code doesn't produce a
"crap shoot". Am I missing something?

You're right, I must have missed that particular part of this valuable
paragraph. Thank you for the correction.

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