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### 457. bitset constructor: incorrect number of initialized bits

**Section:** 20.9.2.2 [bitset.cons] **Status:** CD1
**Submitter:** Dag Henriksson **Opened:** 2004-01-30 **Last modified:** 2016-02-10

**Priority: **Not Prioritized

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**Discussion:**

The constructor from unsigned long says it initializes "the first M
bit positions to the corresponding bit values in val. M is the smaller
of N and the value CHAR_BIT * sizeof(unsigned long)."

Object-representation vs. value-representation strikes again. CHAR_BIT *
sizeof (unsigned long) does not give us the number of bits an unsigned long
uses to hold the value. Thus, the first M bit position above is not
guaranteed to have any corresponding bit values in val.

**Proposed resolution:**

In 20.9.2.2 [bitset.cons] paragraph 2, change "M is the smaller of
N and the value CHAR_BIT * sizeof (unsigned long). (249)" to
"`M` is the smaller of `N` and the number of bits in
the value representation (section 6.8 [basic.types]) of `unsigned
long`."