Re: Accessing hidden members of a class (as in x.A::B::y instead of x.y)

James Kanze <>
Sun, 27 Jul 2008 13:44:46 -0700 (PDT)
On Jul 27, 1:07 pm, "Alf P. Steinbach" <> wrote:

* James Kanze:

On Jul 26, 7:25 pm, Rajib <> wrote:

If I have the following code

class B {
        public: int b;

class C : public B {};

class E : public C, public B {};

int main() {
        E x;
        C y;
        x.C::B::b++; //test3.cpp:14: error: =91B' is an ambiguous ba=

se of =91E'

        return 0;

Why is this ambiguous? I thought the compiler would look up C
(and find it unambiguously) and then use that to look up C::B
(again finding it unambiguously).

So did I, and my first reaction is to say that you'd encountered
a compiler error. In the expression x.C::B::b++, B and b should
be looked up using qualified name lookup, which finds the B in
C, and the b in B. VC++ accepts this, and I seem to recall
other compilers in the past accepting it as well (but it is a
very distant past, so I'm not really sure). G++ complains as
written (which I think is an error),

No, it's probably correct; see my reply else-thread.

Comeau C/C++ (May 29 2008 09:37:15) for ONLINE_EVALUATION_BETA1
Copyright 1988-2008 Comeau Computing. All rights reserved.
MODE:strict errors C++ C++0x_extensions

"ComeauTest.c", line 12: error: base class "B" is ambiguous
       x.C::B::b++; //test3.cpp:14: error: =91B' is an ambiguous base o=

f =91E'


but accepts x.C::b++.

This seems to be correct.

Well, I won't argue about it. Mainly because I can't really
figure out what the standard is trying to say myself. And
because I don't consider it important, since such cases
shouldn't ever really occur in reasonable code. (Of course, if
you're writing a compiler, that's a different issue.)

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