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2299. constexpr vararg functions

Section: 9.2.6  [dcl.constexpr]     Status: CD5     Submitter: Daveed Vandevoorde     Date: 2016-04-11

[Accepted as a DR at the March, 2018 (Jacksonville) meeting.]

It is not clear whether a constexpr function can be a vararg function or not. In particular, it is unclear if va_list is a literal type and whether va_start, va_arg, and va_end produce constant expressions.

Proposed resolution (November, 2017)

  1. Add a new bullet to the list in 7.7 [expr.const] paragraph 2, and update the text as follows:

  2. An expression e is a core constant expression unless the evaluation of e, following the rules of the abstract machine (6.9.1 [intro.execution]), would evaluate one of the following expressions:

    If e satisfies the constraints of a core constant expression, but evaluation of e would evaluate an operation that has undefined behavior as specified in Clause 16 [library] through Clause 33 [thread] of this document, or an invocation of the va_start macro (17.13.2 [cstdarg.syn]), it is unspecified whether e is a core constant expression.