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Futures

The boost::asio::use_future special value provides first-class support for returning a C++11 std::future from an asynchronous operation's initiating function.

To use boost::asio::use_future, pass it to an asynchronous operation instead of a normal completion handler. For example:

std::future<std::size_t> length =
  my_socket.async_read_some(my_buffer, boost::asio::use_future);

Where a handler signature has the form:

void handler(boost::system::error_code ec, result_type result);

the initiating function returns a std::future templated on result_type. In the above example, this is std::size_t. If the asynchronous operation fails, the error_code is converted into a system_error exception and passed back to the caller through the future.

Where a handler signature has the form:

void handler(boost::system::error_code ec);

the initiating function returns std::future<void>. As above, an error is passed back in the future as a system_error exception.

use_future, use_future_t, Futures example (C++11).


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