#include <vector>
#include <iostream>

int main()
    std::vector<int> vec{1,2,3,5};
    for(auto it=vec.cbegin();it!=vec.cend();++it)
        std::cout << *it;
        // A typo: end instead of cend
        if(next(it)!=vec.end()) std::cout << ",";
    std::cout << "\n";

Here I've introduced a typo: in the comparison I called vec.end() instead of vec.cend(). This appears to work as intended with gcc 5.2. But is it actually well-defined according to the Standard? Can iterator and const_iterator be safely compared?


Surprisingly, C++98 and C++11 didn't say that you can compare a iterator with a const_iterator. This leads to LWG issue 179 and LWG issue 2263. Now in C++14, this is explicitly permitted by § 23.2.1[container.requirements.general]p7

In the expressions

i == j
i != j
i < j
i <= j
i >= j
i > j
i - j

where i and j denote objects of a container's iterator type, either or both may be replaced by an object of the container's const_iterator type referring to the same element with no change in semantics.