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2023-01-15


645. Are bit-field and non-bit-field members layout compatible?

Section: 11.4  [class.mem]     Status: CD2     Submitter: Alan Stokes     Date: 9 Aug 2007

[Voted into the WP at the March, 2009 meeting.]

The current wording defining a “common initial sequence” in 11.4 [class.mem] paragraph 17 does not address the case in which one member is a bit-field and the corresponding member is not:

Two standard-layout structs share a common initial sequence if corresponding members have layout-compatible types (and, for bit-fields, the same widths) for a sequence of one or more initial members.

Presumably the intent was something like, “(and, if one of the pair is a bit-field, the other is also a bit-field of the same width).”

Proposed Resolution (September, 2008):

Change 11.4 [class.mem] paragraph 18 as follows:

... Two standard-layout structs share a common initial sequence if corresponding members have layout-compatible types (and, for bit-fields, the same widths) and either neither member is a bit-field or both are bit-fields with the same widths for a sequence of one or more initial members.