Is it a valid C++ structure initialization?

Sergey Okhapkin
Mon Nov 25 15:53:00 GMT 2002

Here is a test program (wich seems to me incorrect):

struct asd {
 int a;
 char b;

void f(int i, char c)
 struct asd qwe = {
  a: i,
  b: c


The program compiles fine with gcc-3.2. Gcc 3.3 current snapshot reports: In function `void f(int, char)': error: too many initializers for `asd'

Solaris compiler complains:
$ CC -c
"", line 9: Error: a is not defined.
"", line 9: Error: Unexpected ":" found.
2 Error(s) detected.

The reason I'm asking about is that such kind of structure initialization is
used in cygwin sources (fhandler_socket::readv/writv,
readv/writv, a whole bunch in gcc 3.3 fails to build
cygwin1.dll. And I agree with the compiler. Removing "fieldname:" makes all
compilers happy.

Sergey Okhapkin
Somerset, NJ

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