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1496. Triviality with deleted and missing default constructors

Section: 11.3  []     Status: CD4     Submitter: Daniel Krügler     Date: 2012-04-25

[Adopted at the February, 2016 meeting.]

A default constructor that is defined as deleted is trivial, according to 11.4.5 [class.ctor] paragraph 5. This means that, according to Clause 11 [class] paragraph 6, such a class can be trivial. If, however, the class has no default constructor because it has a user-declared constructor, the class is not trivial. Since both cases prevent default construction of the class, it is not clear why there is a difference in triviality between the cases.

(See also issue 1928.)

Notes from the October, 2012 meeting:

It was observed that this issue was related to issue 1344, as the current specification allows adding a default constructor by adding default arguments to the definition of a constructor. The resolution of that issue should also resolve this one.

Notes from the September, 2013 meeting:

It was decided to resolve issue 1344 separately from this issue, so this issue now requires its own resolution.

Proposed resolution (October, 2015):

Change Clause 11 [class] paragraph 6 as follows:

A trivial class is a class that has a default constructor (11.4.5 [class.ctor]), has no non-trivial default constructors, and is trivially copyable and has one or more default constructors (11.4.5 [class.ctor]), all of which are either trivial or deleted and at least one of which is not deleted. [Note: In particular, a trivially copyable or trivial class does not have virtual functions or virtual base classes. —end note]