3162. system_error::system_error(error_code ec) not explicit

Section: [syserr.syserr.members] Status: New Submitter: Peter Dimov Opened: 2018-10-02 Last modified: 2020-04-07 15:51:03 UTC

Priority: 3

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The constructor for std::system_error taking a single argument of type std::error_code is not marked explicit, which allows implicit conversions from error_code to system_error. I think that this is an oversight and not intentional, and that we should make this constructor explicit.

[2020-04-07 Issue Prioritization]

Priority to 3 after reflector discussion.

Proposed resolution:

This wording is relative to N4762.

  1. Change [syserr.syserr.overview] p2, class system_error synopsis, as indicated

    namespace std {
      class system_error : public runtime_error {
        system_error(error_code ec, const string& what_arg);
        system_error(error_code ec, const char* what_arg);
        explicit system_error(error_code ec);
        system_error(int ev, const error_category& ecat, const string& what_arg);
        system_error(int ev, const error_category& ecat, const char* what_arg);
        system_error(int ev, const error_category& ecat);
        const error_code& code() const noexcept;
        const char* what() const noexcept override;
  2. Change [syserr.syserr.members] as indicated

    explicit system_error(error_code ec);

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