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case insensitive std::string comparison in std::map

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Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I needed a clever and efficient way to do a case insensitive comparison of std::string keys in a std::map. The map is used to match a string to an enum value. I wanted the keys to preserve their case and keep the basic functionnality of the map for search without having to convert to lower case.

My solution was to write a custom std::__less function for the map which uses strcasecmp. It works amazingly well. I'm wondering though if there could be portability issues with this solution? .. The code would have to be linux and windows compatible preferably.

#include <string.h>
#include <string>
#include <map>
struct __lesscasecmp
   bool operator() (const std::string& a, const std::string& b) const
      return (strcasecmp (a.c_str ( ), b.c_str ( )) < 0);
typedef std::map<std::string, int, __lesscasecmp>  tCmdMap;

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