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1195. References to non-literal types in constexpr functions

Section: 9.2.6  [dcl.constexpr]     Status: C++11     Submitter: Daniel Krügler     Date: 2010-09-05

[Voted into the WP at the March, 2011 meeting as part of paper N3277.]

9.2.6 [dcl.constexpr] paragraph 3 is overly restrictive in requiring that reference parameter and return types of a constexpr function or constructor must refer to a literal type. 7.7 [expr.const] paragraph 2 already prevents any problematic uses of lvalues of non-literal types, and it permits use of pointers to non-literal types as address constants. The same should be permitted via reference parameters and return types of constexpr functions.

(See also issue 1194.)

Proposed resolution (November, 2010):

  1. Change 6.8 [basic.types] paragraph 10 as follows:

  2. A type is a literal type if it is:

  3. Change 9.2.6 [dcl.constexpr] paragraph 3 as follows:

  4. The definition of a constexpr function shall satisfy the following constraints:

  5. Change 9.2.6 [dcl.constexpr] paragraph 4 as follows:

  6. The definition of a constexpr constructor shall satisfy the following constraints: