VS2015 CTP5 "error C2440: '<function-style-cast>': cannot convert from 'initializer-list' to 'Foo', note: Source or target has incomplete type" RRS feed

  • Question

  • The following test program is rejected by VS2015 CTP5, of course, but I don't really understand the error message!

    class Foo;
    int main(void) 

    VS2015 CTP5 produces the following output:

    Microsoft (R) C/C++ Optimizing Compiler Version 19.00.22512 for x86
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

    MySource.cpp(5): error C2440: '<function-style-cast>': cannot convert from 'initializer-list' to 'Foo'
    MySource.cpp(5): note: Source or target has incomplete type

    A similar output is produced by compiler version 19.00.22318 at

    I don't see any function-style-cast or initializer-list in the source code above here. Is this a compiler bug? If so, should it still be reported to ? 

    Saturday, February 7, 2015 10:46 PM


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  • I can reproduce this in VS 2015 CTP.

    For VS2013, ther output error is:

    error C2514: 'Foo' : class has no constructors

    If I change Foo(); to Foo({});

    class Foo;
    int main(void)

    The output error is :

    error C2440: '<function-style-cast>' : cannot convert from 'initializer-list' to 'Foo'

    For me , this behavior in VS 2013 as I expected. I cannot tell the issue whether it is a bug or a by designer issue. You can try to submit to connect and this will help MS to improve VS 2015 before it is released.

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    Monday, February 9, 2015 8:55 AM
  • Thank you for your helpful reply, Shu Hu.  Indeed, the error message would have been appropriate if Foo() would be changed to Foo({}).

    I just submitted the compiler bug:

    [C++] Incorrect error message, "error C2440: '<function-style-cast>': cannot convert from 'initializer-list' to 'Foo', note: Source or target has incomplete type"

    Please check!

    Monday, February 9, 2015 10:02 AM