Opened 6 months ago

Closed 2 months ago

#12680 closed Bugs (fixed)

Inheriting constructors from Boost.Variant should be possible

Reported by: djh Owned by: apolukhin
Milestone: Boost 1.64.0 Component: variant
Version: Boost 1.62.0 Severity: Problem
Keywords: Cc:


Suppose users want a strong typedef for their sumtypes. Instead of creating a weak type alias for a boost::variant the user should be able to inherit from the variant inheriting its constructors, too.

using TreeBase = boost::variant<Leaf, boost::recursive_wrapper<Node>>;

struct Tree : TreeBase {
  using TreeBase::TreeBase;

  // ...

Here is the full small self-contained example

GCC crashing on this is ticketed upstream

Creating a new type for this use-case provides the user with type safety and should be the recommended way of using variant in any non-trivial code. Unfortunately, inheriting from Boost.Variant is not possible at the moment. The code example above does not compile.

In the Boost IRC channel Agustín Bergé told me this might be related to inheriting constructors with default arguments and that there are quirks related to SFINAE before C++17.

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Changed 6 months ago by djh

comment:1 Changed 5 months ago by apolukhin

  • Milestone changed from To Be Determined to Boost 1.64.0
  • Owner changed from ebf to apolukhin
  • Status changed from new to assigned

Fixed by Mikhail Maximov in 217ee7f9. Fix will be marged to master, as soon as all the tests will cycle.

comment:2 Changed 2 months ago by apolukhin

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from assigned to closed

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