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Trivial classes in C++

  • Difficulty Level : Hard
  • Last Updated : 08 Aug, 2017

When a class or struct in C++ has compiler-provided or explicitly defaulted special member functions, then it is a trivial type. It occupies a contiguous memory area. It can have members with different access specifiers.

Trivial types have a trivial default constructor, trivial copy constructor, trivial copy assignment operator and trivial destructor. In each case, trivial means the constructor/ operator/ destructor is not user-provided and belongs to a class that has :

  • No virtual functions or virtual base classes,
  • No base classes with a corresponding non-trivial constructor/operator/destructor
  • No data members of class type with a corresponding non-trivial constructor/operator/destructor

The following examples show trivial types :

/*Since there are no explicit constructors,
there exists a default constructor*/
struct Trivial {
    int i;
    int j;
/* In Trivial2 structure, the presence of the 
   Trivial2(int a, int b) constructor requires
   that you provide a default constructor. For 
   the type to qualify as trivial, we must  
   explicitly default that constructor.*/
struct Trivial2 {
    int i;
    Trivial2(int a, int b)
        i = a;
    Trivial2() = default;

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