Opened 3 years ago

Closed 3 years ago

#11286 closed Bugs (invalid)

Code in boost/endian/buffers.hpp violates old C++03 Standard

Reported by: Sergey.Sprogis@… Owned by: Beman Dawes
Milestone: To Be Determined Component: endian
Version: Boost 1.58.0 Severity: Problem
Keywords: Cc: Aparna.Kumta@…


  1. Description of the failure.
endian/test/ fails with Oracle Studio C++ compiler on Solaris producing bunch of similar error message similar shown below

"CC" -KPIC -DBOOST_ALL_NO_LIB=1 -DNDEBUG -I"../../.." -o "../../../bin.v2/libs/endian/test/endian_in_union_test.test/sun/release/stdlib-sun-stlport/threading-multi/endian_in_union_test.o" "endian_in_union_test.cpp"

"endian_in_union_test.cpp", line 77: Error: A union member cannot have a user-defined assignment operator.

  1. Cause of the failure.

The failure can be demonstrated with 4 lines small independent t.cpp test:

class endian_buffer {

endian &endian_buffer = (int val);


union U { endian_buffer m; };

CC -c t.cpp

"", line 4: Error: A union member cannot have a user-defined assignment operator.

Small test above has been extracted and slightly modified from the code shown below located under boost/endian/buffers.hpp

template <typename T, std::size_t n_bits>

class endian_buffer< order::big, T, n_bits, align::no >



endian_buffer & operator=(T val) BOOST_NOEXCEPT Line 358

C++03 Standard explicitly rejects the use of classes with user-defined assignment operators in unions:

C++2003 9.5 [class.union]p1

An object of a class with a ... non-trivial copy assignment operator (13.5.3, 12.8) cannot be a member of a union.

In C++11 the code is valid, as a result of apply "Unrestricted Unions" feature. But since it is a C++11 feature, it should not affect C++03 compilation.

Seems like g++ has a bug here compiling this code successfully in both C++03 and C++11 mode.

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comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by Sergey.Sprogis@…

After filing this ticket I realized that I was not quite right about header itself.

Actually boost/endian/buffers.hpp code is good, because it only contains

endian_buffer & operator=(T val)

but the real issue is inside libs/endian/test/endian_in_union_test.cpp test itself which contains 'union U' Based on this, the fix should be pretty easy: just to put all those unions under some NO_CXX11 macro. Only I'm not sure which one is currently most suitable for that kind of differences. May be a new one should created?

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by Beman Dawes

Resolution: invalid
Status: newclosed

This is not a bug in endian_in_union_test.cpp.

This is a error caused by a bug in an older version of the compiler. It confused user-defined assignment with user-defined copy assignment, which is what is actually prohibited. This was a bug in some older versions of GCC that has since been fixed.

The test passes for modern gcc, clang, and msvc compilers in -std=c++03 mode.


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