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2991. variant copy constructor missing noexcept(see below)

Section: [variant.ctor] Status: LEWG Submitter: Peter Dimov Opened: 2017-06-27 Last modified: 2017-07-12

Priority: Not Prioritized

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The copy constructor of std::variant is not conditionally noexcept (I think it was in the original proposal.)

It should be, for two reasons: first, this would be consistent with the other three constructors

constexpr variant() noexcept(see below);

variant(variant&&) noexcept(see below);

template <class T>
constexpr variant(T&&) noexcept(see below);

and second, variant itself makes use of is_nothrow_copy_constructible, so it's inconsistent for it to take a stance against it.

[2017-07 Toronto Tuesday PM issue prioritization]

Status to LEWG

Proposed resolution:

This wording is relative to N4659.

  1. Edit 22.6.3 [variant.variant], class template variant synopsis, as indicated:

    template <class... Types>
      class variant {
        //, constructors
        constexpr variant() noexcept(see below);
        variant(const variant&) noexcept(see below);
        variant(variant&&) noexcept(see below);
  2. Edit [variant.ctor] as indicated:

    variant(const variant& w) noexcept(see below);


    -8- Remarks: This function shall not participate in overload resolution unless is_copy_constructible_v<Ti> is true for all i. The expression inside noexcept is equivalent to the logical AND of is_nothrow_copy_constructible_v<Ti> for all i.