MHawn MHawn - 26 days ago 6
C++ Question

C++11 g++ with brace-enclosed initializer lists

I'm new to programming so I apologize if this is an obvious question, however I am having trouble with the syntax presented to me in a book (Programming Principles and Practice using C++ 2nd Edition by the creator of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup). In it, the following is presented for creating a vector of strings:

vector<string> philosopher

However, when passing this through g++ it doesn't like it. My code is as follows:

#include "std_lib_facilities.h" //The author's library for his examples

int main()


I'm getting an error compiling:

g++ vecttest.cpp -std=c++11
In file included from /usr/local/include/c++/4.9.0/ext/hash_map:60:0,
from /usr/include/std_lib_facilities.h:34,
from vecttest.cpp:1:
/usr/local/include/c++/4.9.0/backward/backward_warning.h:32:2: warning: #warning
This file includes at least one deprecated or antiquated header which may
be removed without further notice at a future date. Please use a
non-deprecated interface with equivalent functionality instead. For a listing
of replacement headers and interfaces, consult the file backward_warning.h.
To disable this warning use -Wno-deprecated. [-Wcpp]
#warning \
In file included from /usr/local/include/c++/4.9.0/locale:41:0,
from /usr/local/include/c++/4.9.0/iomanip:43,
from /usr/include/std_lib_facilities.h:212,
from vecttest.cpp:1:
/usr/local/include/c++/4.9.0/bits/locale_facets_nonio.h:1869:5: error:
template-id ‘do_get<>’ for
‘String std::messages<char>::do_get(std::messages_base::catalog, int, int,
const String&) const’ does not match any template declaration
messages<char>::do_get(catalog, int, int, const string&) const;
/usr/local/include/c++/4.9.0/bits/locale_facets_nonio.h:1869:62: note:
saw 1 ‘template<>’, need 2 for specializing a member function template
messages<char>::do_get(catalog, int, int, const string&) const;
vecttest.cpp: In function ‘int main()’:
vecttest.cpp:8:42: error: could not convert ‘{"Kant", "Plato",
"Hume","Kierkegaard"}’from ‘<brace-enclosed initializer list>’ to ‘Vector<String>’

I thought maybe my version of GCC was older (Which it was at 4.7) so I updated it to 4.9:

g++ -v
Using built-in specs.
Target: x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
Configured with: ../gcc-4.9.0/configure
Thread model: posix
gcc version 4.9.0 (GCC)

Any ideas where I'm going wrong?

Thank you very much for your help.

hvd hvd
Answer Source

You're going wrong with the use of this std_lib_facilities.h. Looking at it online, it shows:

template< class T> struct Vector : public std::vector<T> {

// disgusting macro hack to get a range checked vector:
#define vector Vector

Unfortunately, this custom Vector template class lacks some constructors that std::vector does have.

Use std::vector directly and it'll work. It's supported in GCC 4.4 and newer.

Note: to use std::vector, you need to make sure you don't use std_lib_facilities.h at all, or use #undef vector. Macro definitions are problematic and pay no attention to namespaces, so std::vector would become the non-existent std::Vector.

Note 2: T.C. rightly comments that similar issues also exist for string: use std::string instead.