CaffeineAddict CaffeineAddict - 1 month ago 5x
C++ Question

C++11: Correct std::array initialization?

If I initialize a std::array as follows, the compiler gives me a warning about missing braces

std::array<int, 4> a = {1, 2, 3, 4};

This fixes the problem:

std::array<int, 4> a = {{1, 2, 3, 4}};

This is the warning message:

missing braces around initializer for 'std::array<int, 4u>::value_type [4] {aka int [4]}' [-Wmissing-braces]

Is this just a bug in my version of gcc, or is it done intentionally? If so, why?


This is the bare implementation of std::array:

template<typename T, std::size_t N>
struct array {
    T __array_impl[N];

It's an aggregate struct whose only data member is a traditional array, such that the inner {} is used to initialize the inner array.

Brace elision is allowed in certain cases with aggregate initialization (but usually not recommended) and so only one brace can be used in this case. See here: C++ vector of arrays