Re: Strange warning from g++ "returning reference to temporary"

"Bo Persson" <>
Mon, 8 Dec 2008 16:52:12 CST
blargg wrote:

Bo Persson wrote:

The const version returns a different type, and so possibly
involves a conversion - creating a temporary.


I'm confused, since as far as I understand, returning a pointer
rather than reference WOULD work (4.4 para 4), without creating any

struct Foo
   char* s;

   operator const char* const*() const { return &s; } // OK, right?
   operator const char* const&() const { return s; } // why not OK?

If the reference version really is invalid (and the pointer version
then this is one glaring difference between references and pointers
one would expect them to behave the same.

Well, references and pointers are different. :-)

In the pointer case, you actually return the pointer BY VALUE. That
way you get a temporary anyway, but it is copied, so it doesn't matter.

The reference version returns a reference to a temporary that
immediately goes out of scope. That's serious!

Bo Persson

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