822. Object with explicit copy constructor no longer CopyConstructible

Section: [utility.arg.requirements] Status: NAD Submitter: James Kanze Opened: 2008-04-01 Last modified: 2016-02-10

Priority: Not Prioritized

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I just noticed that the following program is legal in C++03, but is forbidden in the current draft:

#include <vector>
#include <iostream>

class Toto
    Toto() {}
    explicit Toto( Toto const& ) {}
} ;

    std::vector< Toto > v( 10 ) ;
    return 0 ;

Is this change intentional? (And if so, what is the justification? I wouldn't call such code good, but I don't see any reason to break it unless we get something else in return.)

[ San Francisco: ]

The subgroup that looked at this felt this was a good change, but it may already be handled by incoming concepts (we're not sure).

[ Post Summit: ]

Alisdair: Proposed resolution kinda funky as these tables no longer exist. Move from direct init to copy init. Clarify with Doug, recommends NAD.

Walter: Suggest NAD via introduction of concepts.

Recommend close as NAD.

[ 2009-07 Frankfurt: ]

Need to look at again without concepts.

[ 2009-07 Frankfurt: ]

Move to Ready with original proposed resolution.

[Howard: Original proposed resolution restored.]

[ 2010-11 Batavia: ]

This issue was re-reviewed in relation to [another issue, number to follow], and the verdict was reversed. Explicit copy and move constructors are rare beasts, and the ripple effect of this fix was far more difficult to contain than simply saying such types do not satisfy the MoveConstructible and CopyConstructible requirements.

In [utility.arg.requirements] change Table 33: MoveConstructible requirements [moveconstructible]:

T t(rv) = rvt is equivalent to the value of rv before the construction

In [utility.arg.requirements] change Table 34: CopyConstructible requirements [copyconstructible]:

T t(u) = uthe value of u is unchanged and is equivalent to t

Proposed resolution:

Resolved by n3215.