[swift-users] can we express "does not conform to a particular protocol"?

David Baraff davidbaraff at gmail.com
Mon Jul 3 19:00:14 CDT 2017

I’m searching for the simplest way to write a function
	func maybeEqual<T>(_ lhs:T, _rhs:T) -> Bool

where it returns lhs == rhs if T is equatable, and false, otherwise.
I tried

func maybeEqual<T>(_ lhs:T, _rhs:T) -> Bool {
    return false

func maybeEqual<T:Equatable>(_ lhs:T, _ rhs:T) -> Bool {
    return lhs == rhs

but that doesn’t work.  Is there a way to express a type not matching something?
Alternately, how can I write this?

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