std::bind with std::reference_wrapper<T> argument doesn't work on function object with template operator() - by Sven Groot [MSFT]

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ID 688731 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 0
Opened 9/15/2011 10:13:32 PM
Access Restriction Public


In order to pass arguments by reference to the std::bind function, you use std::reference_wrapper<T>, typically by invoking std::ref.

However, if std::bind is used on a function object whose operator() is itself a template function, that template will be instantiated with std::reference_wrapper<T> rather than T itself, which is incorrect behavior.

For example, the following code does not compile:

#include <iostream>
#include <functional>
using namespace std;

struct Foo
  typedef void result_type;

  template<typename T>
  void operator()(T &n)
    n = 5;

int main()
  int n = 0;
  Foo f;
  auto func = bind(f, ref(n));

  cout << n << endl;

  return 0;

This code does compile and work correctly on g++ 4.6.1, or if std::bind/std::ref is replaced with boost::bind/boost::ref.

A real-world example where this is a problem is the Boost.Random library. For example, the following does not work on VC++ (but does on g++):

boost::mt19337 engine;
boost::uniform_int<> distribution(0, 10);
auto func = std::bind(distribution, std::ref(engine));
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Posted by Microsoft on 9/21/2011 at 8:03 PM

Thanks for reporting this bug. Yep, we've already fixed it in VC11.

If you have any further questions, feel free to E-mail me at .

Stephan T. Lavavej
Visual C++ Libraries Developer
Posted by Sven Groot [MSFT] on 9/18/2011 at 6:23 PM
I just tested this on the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview and was unable to reproduce. It appears this issue has already been fixed. I apologize for wasting your time. :)
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