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C++ STL Map

C++ STL Map

C++ STL Map


I am getting a strange build error message when creating a simple STL map.

"stl_function.h passing `const CWord508' as `this' argument of `bool CWord508::operator<(CWord508)' discards qualifiers"

The error is triggered on the map.insert(<key object, other object> line

I have provided a operator < function on the key object class:

class CWord508 {
      char str[20];
       CWord508( char *s );
       char *get();
// must define operator "less than" for CWord508 objects
       bool operator<( CWord508 a);
       bool operator==( CWord508 a);

the c++ code is in separate file:
bool CWord508::operator<( CWord508 a)
     return (strcmp( str, a.get() ) < 0 );

I cannot see an obvious flaw with the code; any help / suggestions welcome.
NB I have tried providing operator> as well just in case.



RE: C++ STL Map

Change definitions to


       bool operator<( const CWord508& a) const;
       bool operator==( const CWord508& a) const;

RE: C++ STL Map

Thanks, that was a helpful reply,

I tried that adjustment and get the same error msg, reported, albeit in a different place:

'In member function bool CWord508::operator<(const CWord508&)'
passing const CWord508' as `this' argument of `char* CWord508::get()' discards qualifiers"

bool CWord508::operator<( const CWord508& a) const
   return ( str < a.get() );  // error reported here
char *CWord508::get()  const
   return str;

I remain baffled as to how to work round this build error

Thanks for any suggestions

RE: C++ STL Map

Hmm, it's a very very dangerous class...


class CWord508
  CWord508(const char *s);
  char *get() { return str; } // why "get"?
  const char* get() const { return str; }
  // must define operator "less than" for CWord508 objects
  bool operator <(const CWord508& a) const {
       return strcmp(str,a.str) < 0; // (or a.get() ;)
  bool operator==(const CWord508& a) const {
       return strcmp(str,a.str) == 0;
  char str[20];

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