By sharptooth


2010-11-16 08:09:30 8 Comments

What exactly does One Definition Rule in C++ say? The only trustworthy occurence I can find is in The C++ Programming Language, 3rd. ed., P. 9.2.3. Is there any official definition of the rule except that?

1 comments

@icecrime 2010-11-16 08:11:16

The truth is in the standard (3.2 One definition rule) :

No translation unit shall contain more than one definition of any variable, function, class type, enumeration type or template.

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Every program shall contain exactly one definition of every non-inline function or object that is used in that program; no diagnostic required. The definition can appear explicitly in the program, it can be found in the standard or a user-defined library, or (when appropriate) it is implicitly defined (see 12.1, 12.4 and 12.8). An inline function shall be defined in every translation unit in which it is used.

@Cheers and hth. - Alf 2010-11-16 08:13:26

Uh, it's a little more than that. It also concerns multiple translation units. And exceptions to rule (this makes it a bit difficult to talk about it!). Cheers,

@icecrime 2010-11-16 08:14:03

Indeed, I would have to quote the whole page, so I went for the essential.

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