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1734. Nontrivial deleted copy functions

Section:  [class.copy.ctor]     Status: CD4     Submitter: James Widman     Date: 2013-08-09

[Adopted at the February, 2016 meeting.]

The intent was for PODs in C++11 to be a superset of C++03 PODs. Consequently, in the following example, C should be a POD but isn't:

  struct A {
    const int m;
    A& operator=(A const&) = default; // deleted and trivial, so A is a
                                      // POD, as it would be in 2003
                                      // without this explicit op= decl
  static_assert(__is_trivially_copyable(A), "");

  struct B {
    int i;
    B& operator=(B &) & = default;      // non-trivial
    B& operator=(B const&) & = default; // trivial

  struct C {
    const B m;
    C& operator=(C const& r) = default; // deleted (apparently), but non-trivial (apparently)
    /* Notionally:
      C& operator=(C const& r) {
        return *this;
  static_assert(!__is_trivially_copyable(C), "");

This is because of the following text from [class.copy.ctor] paragraph 25:

for each non-static data member of X that is of class type (or array thereof), the assignment operator selected to copy/move that member is trivial;

In this case, overload resolution fails, so no assignment operator is selected, so C::operator=(const C&) is non-trivial.

(See also issue 1928.)

Additional note, November, 2014:

See paper N4148.

Additional note, October, 2015:

Moved from "extension" to "open" status, along with issue 1928, to allow reconsideration by CWG. It has been suggested that the triviality of a deleted function should be irrelevant, since it cannot be used in any event. A possible change to implement that, more conservative than the one proposed in N4148, would be:

A trivially copyable class is a class that:

Proposed resolution (October, 2015):

Change Clause 11 [class] paragraph 6 as follows:

A trivially copyable class is a class that: