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#11907 closed Bugs (fixed)

Why does BOOST_TEST() treat std::string as a collection?

Reported by: bspencer@… Owned by: Raffi Enficiaud
Milestone: Boost 1.63.0 Component: test
Version: Boost 1.59.0 Severity: Problem
Keywords: Cc:

Description

Captured from http://lists.boost.org/boost-users/2015/12/85472.php

Why does BOOST_TEST() compare std::string values as collections instead of scalars (by default)? It's odd that the following produce different output, for example:

BOOST_TEST(std::string("a") == "b"); 
BOOST_TEST(std::string("a") == std::string("b")); 

This will output:

test.cc(6): error: in "test": check std::string("a") == "b" has failed [a != b] 
test.cc(7): error: in "test": check std::string("a") == std::string("b") has failed 

Note the lack of "[a != b]" on the second case. Also note that BOOST_CHECK_EQUAL() would emit as in the first form. This seems to be because std::string is_forward_iterable, and thus falls into the collection_comparison_op.hpp comparators instead of the scalar comparators. Is this intentional or an oversight?

As a simple fix, adding a condition to the partial specialization of the collection_comparison_op.hpp comparators that specifically excludes std::string is enough to have std::string treated as scalars. For example, to handle std::string but not std::wstring with C++11 support:

template<typename Lhs,typename Rhs> 
struct name<Lhs,Rhs,typename boost::enable_if_c< 
     unit_test::is_forward_iterable<Lhs>::value && 
     unit_test::is_forward_iterable<Rhs>::value && 
     !(std::is_same<typename std::decay<Lhs>::type, std::string>::value 
      || std::is_same<typename std::decay<Rhs>::type, std::string>::value) 
>::type 

(The above is an example and not a complete change supporting std::wstring and C++98.)

The response on the mailing list was that this was a bug, so here's a ticket to help track it :)

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comment:1 Changed 13 months ago by Raffi Enficiaud

Milestone: To Be DeterminedBoost 1.63.0
Owner: changed from Gennadiy Rozental to Raffi Enficiaud
Status: newassigned

comment:2 Changed 10 months ago by Raffi Enficiaud

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed

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