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From "Travis Vitek (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Closed: (STDCXX-985) [Linux/gcc] __is_base_of fails for private and protected inheritance
Date Tue, 22 Jul 2008 20:19:31 GMT


Travis Vitek closed STDCXX-985.

    Resolution: Cannot Reproduce

I'm not sure why I filed this now. The following testcase correctly detects private and protected

$ cat t.cpp; g++ t.cpp && ./a.out
struct B { };
struct D : private B { };

extern "C" int printf (const char*, ...);

int main ()
  printf ("%u\n", __is_base_of(B, D));
  return 0;

> [Linux/gcc] __is_base_of fails for private and protected inheritance
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: STDCXX-985
>                 URL:
>             Project: C++ Standard Library
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: External
>    Affects Versions: 4.3.0
>         Environment: gcc-4.3
>            Reporter: Travis Vitek
>             Fix For: 4.3.0
> The {{__is_base_of()}} helper provided with gcc-4.3 doesn't detect protected and private
inheritance as required by the draft standard. It appears that the helper may be based on
an older version of the standard and needs to be updated. Here is a note from the description
of the {{is_base_of}} trait.
> {quote}[Note:Base classes that are private, protected, or ambigious are, nonetheless,
base classes. —end note ]{quote}
> This is the gcc description of the helper that they provide..
> {quote}__is_base_of (base_type, derived_type)
> If base_type is a base class of derived_type ([class.derived]) then the trait is true,
otherwise it is false. Top-level cv qualifications of base_type and derived_type are ignored.
For the purposes of this trait, a class type is considered is own base. Requires: if __is_class
(base_type) and __is_class (derived_type) are true and base_type and derived_type are not
the same type (disregarding cv-qualifiers), derived_type shall be a complete type. Diagnostic
is produced if this requirement is not met.{quote}
> Since there is no way to detect this from within the library, there isn't much we can
do about fixing it.

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