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2023-01-15


2597. Replaceable allocation and deallocation functions in the global module

Section: 10.1  [module.unit]     Status: CD6     Submitter: Gabriel dos Reis     Date: 2022-06-17     Liaison: EWG

[Accepted at the July, 2022 meeting.]

Subclause 10.1 [module.unit] paragraph 7 implicitly attaches the replaceable global allocation or deallocation functions to the global module. Now that extern "C++" can be used to introduce declarations in the global module, even when in the purview of a named module, the provision seems superfluous.

Proposed resolution [SUPERSEDED]:

  1. Change in 6.7.5.5.1 [basic.stc.dynamic.general] paragraph 2 as follows:

    The library provides default definitions for the global allocation and deallocation functions. Some global allocation and deallocation functions are replaceable (17.6.3 [new.delete]). A C++ program shall provide at most one definition of a replaceable allocation or deallocation function. Any such function definition replaces the default version provided in the library (16.4.5.6 [replacement.functions]). The following allocation and deallocation functions (17.6 [support.dynamic]) are implicitly declared in global scope in each translation unit of a program and are attached to the global module (10.1 [module.unit]).
  2. Change in 10.1 [module.unit] bullet 7.2 as follows:

    • If the declaration is ...
    • Otherwise, if the declaration
      • is a replaceable global allocation or deallocation function (17.6.3.2 [new.delete.single], 17.6.3.3 [new.delete.array]), or
      • is a namespace-definition with external linkage, or
      • appears within a linkage-specification (9.11 [dcl.link]),
      it is attached to the global module.
    • Otherwise, ...

Additional notes (June, 2022):

Forwarded to EWG with paper issue 1273, by decision of the CWG chair.

Approved by EWG telecon 2022-07-07.

Proposed resolution (approved by CWG 2022-07-15):

  1. Change in 6.7.5.5.1 [basic.stc.dynamic.general] paragraph 2 as follows:

    The library provides default definitions for the global allocation and deallocation functions. Some global allocation and deallocation functions are replaceable (17.6.3 [new.delete]) ; these are attached to the global module 10.1 [module.unit]). A C++ program shall provide at most one definition of a replaceable allocation or deallocation function. Any such function definition replaces the default version provided in the library (16.4.5.6 [replacement.functions]). The following allocation and deallocation functions (17.6 [support.dynamic]) are implicitly declared in global scope in each translation unit of a program.
  2. Change in 10.1 [module.unit] bullet 7.2 as follows:

    • If the declaration is ...
    • Otherwise, if the declaration
      • is a replaceable global allocation or deallocation function (17.6.3.2 [new.delete.single], 17.6.3.3 [new.delete.array]), or
      • is a namespace-definition with external linkage, or
      • appears within a linkage-specification (9.11 [dcl.link]),
      it is attached to the global module.
    • Otherwise, ...