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[Bug gold/28417] std::string no longer allows accepting nullptr_t since

From: jwakely.gcc at gmail dot com
Subject: [Bug gold/28417] std::string no longer allows accepting nullptr_t since it is undefined behavior after yesterday's change on libstdc++.
Date: Tue, 05 Oct 2021 08:06:19 +0000


--- Comment #4 from Jonathan Wakely <jwakely.gcc at gmail dot com> ---
Yes, the patch is correct.

To construct an empty string either use "" as the initializer, or just use the
default constructor. Creating a string from NULL or nullptr is completely bogus
and has been undefined behaviour since C++98:

  basic_string(const charT* s, const Allocator& a = Allocator());

  Requires: s shall not be a null pointer.

And GCC's std::string has turned that into an exception since forever:

        // NB: Not required, but considered best practice.
        if (__gnu_cxx::__is_null_pointer(__beg) && __beg != __end)
                                       "_M_construct null not valid"));

Which suggests neither of these pieces of code ever executes, so could be

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