It is possible to overload function templates so that two different
function template specializations have the same type.

[ Example

:
— *end example*

]// translation unit 1: template<class T> void f(T*); void g(int* p) { f(p); // calls f<int>(int*) }

// translation unit 2: template<class T> void f(T); void h(int* p) { f(p); // calls f<int*>(int*) }

The signature of a function template
is defined in [intro.defs].

The names of the template parameters are significant only for establishing
the relationship between the template parameters and the rest of the
signature.

[ Note

: *end note*

]Two distinct function templates may have identical function return types and
function parameter lists, even if overload resolution alone cannot distinguish
them.

template<class T> void f(); template<int I> void f(); // OK: overloads the first template // distinguishable with an explicit template argument list—

When an expression that references a template parameter is used in the
function parameter list or the return type in the declaration of a
function template, the expression that references the template
parameter is part of the signature of the function template.

This is
necessary to permit a declaration of a function template in one
translation unit to be linked with another declaration of the function
template in another translation unit and, conversely, to ensure that
function templates that are intended to be distinct are not linked
with one another.

[ Example

: *end example*

]template <int I, int J> A<I+J> f(A<I>, A<J>); // #1 template <int K, int L> A<K+L> f(A<K>, A<L>); // same as #1 template <int I, int J> A<I-J> f(A<I>, A<J>); // different from #1—

Two expressions involving template parameters are considered
*equivalent*
if two function definitions containing the expressions would satisfy
the one-definition rule, except that the tokens used
to name the template parameters may differ as long as a token used to
name a template parameter in one expression is replaced by another token
that names the same template parameter in the other expression.

Two unevaluated operands that do not involve template parameters
are considered equivalent
if two function definitions containing the expressions
would satisfy the one-definition rule,
except that the tokens used to name types and declarations may differ
as long as they name the same entities, and
the tokens used to form concept-ids may differ
as long as the two template-ids are the same ([temp.type]).

[ Note

: *end note*

]The intent is to avoid lambda-expressions appearing in the
signature of a function template with external linkage.

—
For determining whether two dependent names ([temp.dep]) are
equivalent, only the name itself is considered, not the result of name
lookup in the context of the template.

If multiple declarations of the
same function template differ in the result of this name lookup, the
result for the first declaration is used.

[ Example

: *end example*

]template <int I, int J> void f(A<I+J>); // #1 template <int K, int L> void f(A<K+L>); // same as #1 template <class T> decltype(g(T())) h(); int g(int); template <class T> decltype(g(T())) h() // redeclaration of h() uses the earlier lookup… { return g(T()); } // … although the lookup here does find g(int) int i = h<int>(); // template argument substitution fails; g(int) // was not in scope at the first declaration of h() // ill-formed, no diagnostic required: the two expressions are functionally equivalent but not equivalent template <int N> void foo(const char (*s)[([]{}, N)]); template <int N> void foo(const char (*s)[([]{}, N)]); // two different declarations because the non-dependent portions are not considered equivalent template <class T> void spam(decltype([]{}) (*s)[sizeof(T)]); template <class T> void spam(decltype([]{}) (*s)[sizeof(T)]);—

Two potentially-evaluated expressions involving template parameters that are not equivalent are
*functionally equivalent*
if, for any given set of template arguments, the evaluation of the
expression results in the same value.

Two unevaluated operands that are not equivalent
are functionally equivalent if, for any given set of template arguments,
the expressions perform
the same operations in the same order with the same entities.

Two template-heads are
*equivalent* if
their template-parameter-lists have the same length,
corresponding template-parameters are equivalent
and are both declared with type-constraints that are equivalent
if either template-parameter
is declared with a type-constraint,
and if either template-head has a requires-clause,
they both have
requires-clauses and the corresponding
constraint-expressions are equivalent.

Two template-parameters are
*equivalent*
under the following conditions:

- they declare template parameters of the same kind,
- if either declares a template parameter pack, they both do,
- if they declare non-type template parameters, they have equivalent types ignoring the use of type-constraints for placeholder types, and
- if they declare template template parameters, their template parameters are equivalent.

When determining whether types or type-constraints
are equivalent, the rules above are used to compare expressions
involving template parameters.

Two template-heads are
*functionally equivalent*
if they accept and are satisfied by ([temp.constr.constr])
the same set of template argument lists.

Two function templates are
*equivalent*
if they
are declared in the same scope,
have the same name,
have equivalent template-heads,
and
have return types, parameter lists,
and trailing requires-clauses (if any)
that are equivalent using the rules described above to compare
expressions involving
template parameters.

Two function templates are
*functionally equivalent*
if they
are declared in the same scope,
have the same name,
accept and are satisfied by the same set of template argument lists,
and
have return types and parameter lists that
are functionally equivalent using the rules described above to
compare expressions involving
template parameters.

If the validity or meaning of the program depends on
whether two constructs are equivalent, and they are
functionally equivalent but not equivalent, the program is ill-formed,
no diagnostic required.

[ Note

: *end note*

]This rule guarantees that equivalent declarations will be linked with
one another, while not requiring implementations to use heroic efforts
to guarantee that functionally equivalent declarations will be treated
as distinct.

For example, the last two declarations are functionally
equivalent and would cause a program to be ill-formed:

// guaranteed to be the same template <int I> void f(A<I>, A<I+10>); template <int I> void f(A<I>, A<I+10>); // guaranteed to be different template <int I> void f(A<I>, A<I+10>); template <int I> void f(A<I>, A<I+11>); // ill-formed, no diagnostic required template <int I> void f(A<I>, A<I+10>); template <int I> void f(A<I>, A<I+1+2+3+4>);—