sepp2k sepp2k - 3 months ago 10
C++ Question

In C++11 is sqrt defined as constexpr?

In C++11 is

std::sqrt
defined as
constexpr
, i.e. can it legally be used from other
constexpr
functions or in compile-time contexts like array sizes or template arguments? g++ seems to allow it (using
-std=c++0x
), but I'm not sure I can take that as authoritative given that c++0x/c++11 support is still incomplete. The fact that I can't seem to find anything on the Internet makes me unsure.

It seems like this should be something one could easily find out using Google, but I've tried (for 40 minutes now...) and couldn't find anything. I could find several proposals for adding constexpr to various parts of the standard library (like for example this one), but nothing about
sqrt
or other math functions.

Answer

std::sqrt is not defined as constexpr, according to section 26.8 of N3291: the C++11 FDIS (and I doubt they added it to the final standard after that). One could possibly write such a version, but the standard library version is not constexpr.