Re: Error C2555 with pointer to class with no template instantiation?

"Victor Bazarov" <>
Mon, 5 Mar 2007 08:19:00 -0500
<esh5c4$cvn$> wrote:

On Mar 5, 1:50 pm, Ian Collins <> wrote: wrote:

Error C2555

c:\C++ projects\stat1\stdmatrix_adapt.h(41) : error C2555:
'std_tools::Matrix_adapter<T>::at': overriding virtual function
return type differs and is not covariant from

//in my program: the derived class
template <class T>
class Matrix_adapter : public ple::imtx_impl<T> {
   Matrix* m_;
   virtual const T& at(mtx_size i0, mtx_size i1) const //mtx_size
--> unsigned int
           {return m_->at(i0, i1);}
// the base class
template <class T>
class imtx_impl : public imtx<T> {
    virtual const T& at(mtx_size i0, mtx_size i1) const=0;

/*Notice returns a pointer to another class Matrix
The problem arises as this class Matrix has no template
instantiation and i set the virtual function at return as double,
the same as T */

class Matrix : public GeneralMatrix
const double& at(unsigned int pos0, unsigned int pos1) const {
return, pos1)); }

// However in my main program initiating T as double in the derived
class still gives the error C2555.

Matrix_adapter <double> matx;

Am at loss what to do now.. any people care to help... ?

The code fragments as posted look OK, can you reproduce the problem
with a self contained example?

Ian Collins.- Hide quoted text -

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Ya i thought the derived and base classes look ok. Except that the
class that the pointer points is not a template class.

There is no such think in C++ as "template class". There is a class
template and there is a class generated from a template (a template
instantiation). Please adjust your statement and explain what (or
which) you mean.

You didn't post what 'imtx' template looked like, you didn't post
any code that uses your template (which would show instantiation of it
and the template arguements). Please consult with FAQ 5.8 for further

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