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std::piecewise_construct_t

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Defined in header <utility>
struct piecewise_construct_t { explicit piecewise_construct_t() = default; };
(since C++11)

std::piecewise_construct_t is an empty class tag type used to disambiguate between different functions that take two tuple arguments.

The overloads that do not use std::piecewise_construct_t assume that each tuple argument becomes the element of a pair. The overloads that use std::piecewise_construct_t assume that each tuple argument is used to construct, piecewise, a new object of specified type, which will become the element of the pair.

[edit] Example

#include <iostream>
#include <utility>
#include <tuple>
 
struct Foo {
    Foo(std::tuple<int, float>) 
    {
        std::cout << "Constructed a Foo from a tuple\n";
    }
    Foo(int, float) 
    {
        std::cout << "Constructed a Foo from an int and a float\n";
    }
};
 
int main()
{
    std::tuple<int, float> t(1, 3.14);
    std::pair<Foo, Foo> p1(t, t);
    std::pair<Foo, Foo> p2(std::piecewise_construct, t, t);
}

Output:

Constructed a Foo from a tuple
Constructed a Foo from a tuple
Constructed a Foo from an int and a float
Constructed a Foo from an int and a float

[edit] Defect reports

The following behavior-changing defect reports were applied retroactively to previously published C++ standards.

DR Applied to Behavior as published Correct behavior
LWG 2510 C++11 the default constructor was non-explicit, which could lead to ambiguity made explicit

[edit] See also

an object of type piecewise_construct_t used to disambiguate functions for piecewise construction
(constant) [edit]
constructs new pair
(public member function of std::pair<T1,T2>)