Why do the new ranges remove_* algorithms *move* the `first` pointer?


I was reading through the MSVC STL implementation of std::ranges::remove when I noticed the following line:

_First = _RANGES _Find_if_unchecked(_STD move(_First), _Last, _Pred, _Proj);

Indeed, cppreference has the following line in their ‘possible implementation’ too:

first = ranges::find_if(std::move(first), last, pred, proj);

What’s confusing to me is, I’ve just about never seen anyone move an iterator; they’re typically cheap to copy (or at least should be), and even if this were an issue of copies, we could take a universal reference and std::forward the iterator to find_if instead surely?

What advantage does casting to an rvalue reference have here over simply passing by value?

>Solution :

ranges::find accepts input_iterator, which is not necessarily copyable ((an example in the standard is basic_istream_view::iterator).

In the C++20 iterator system, only iterators that model forward_iterator are guaranteed to be copyable, so std::move is necessary here.

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