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Inheritance and friendship

  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 31 Aug, 2018

In C++, friendship is not inherited. If a base class has a friend function, then the function doesn’t become a friend of the derived class(es).

For example, following program prints error because show() which is a friend of base class A tries to access private data of derived class B.




#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
  
class A
{
  protected:
    int x;
  public:
    A() { x = 0;}
  friend void show();
};
  
class B: public A
{
  public:
    B() : y (0) {}
  private:
    int y;
  
};
  
void show()
{
  B b;
  cout << "The default value of A::x = " << b.x;
  
  // Can't access private member declared in class 'B'
  cout << "The default value of B::y = " << b.y;
}
  
int main()
{
  show();
  getchar();
  return 0;
}

Thanks to Venki for the above code and explanation.

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