2582. §[res.on.functions]/2's prohibition against incomplete types shouldn't apply to type traits

Section: 23.15 [meta] Status: C++17 Submitter: Tim Song Opened: 2016-01-07 Last modified: 2017-07-30

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Discussion: [res.on.functions]/2.5 says that the behavior is undefined "if an incomplete type is used as a template argument when instantiating a template component, unless specifically allowed for that component."

This rule should not apply to type traits — a literal application would make is_same<void, void> undefined behavior, since nothing in 23.15 [meta] (or elsewhere) "specifically allows" instantiating is_same with incomplete types.

Traits that require complete types are already explicitly specified as such, so the proposed wording below simply negates [res.on.functions]/2.5 for 23.15 [meta].

[2016-02, Issues Telecon]

P0; move to Tentatively Ready.

Proposed resolution:

This wording is relative to N4567.

  1. Insert a new paragraph after 23.15.2 [meta.type.synop]/1:

    -?- Unless otherwise specified, an incomplete type may be used to instantiate a template in this subclause.