Re: Anonymous union rules against constructors & assignment

"Crosbie Fitch" <>
Wed, 7 Jun 2006 16:48:02 CST
"James Dennett" <> wrote in message

It is not valid to use memcpy on non-PODs. If you
choose to do it, you cannot portably cast the resulting
memory to the non-POD type and expect to use it.

Unless, you wrote that non-POD class, and know that memcpy is safe for it.

This is nothing new, and C++ still isn't C#. It's not
C either; C++'s object model is layered on top of C's,
but non-PODs are a whole world of their own.

I appreciate the complications of C++ in terms of the unknowability of
underlying representations, however, I don't appreciate brick walls being
erected to prevent programmers venturing into risky areas.

template <class NONPOD>
class Risky

    { NONPOD a; // Currently disallowed

    Risky() { new(&a) NONPOD(); }
    ~Risky() { a.NONPOD::~NONPOD(); }
    Risky& operator=(const Risky& r) { a=r.a; }

{ Risky<NP> a,b;


Sods law says I've made a boo-boo, but you get the idea. The class can have
a selector added and additional union members.

There are non-POD classes NP for which the above is safe.

Out of interest, are there any non-POD classes NP (nevertheless compliant
with the template) for which the above code is unsafe?

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