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Type: Bug
ID: 763051
Opened: 9/17/2012 7:47:02 AM
Access Restriction: Public
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There is some new code (for example, in recent versions of boost) that uses the value of this macro to test if some new features of STL are available.

Although MSDN seems to mention only existence of definition of this macro in C++ code, it actually has a value of 199711L, which, I suppose, means some very old version of C++ standard.
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Posted by Quarks on 4/4/2014 at 7:59 PM
This is still a problem with VS2013 as well.

# if __cplusplus >= 201103L || defined(__GXX_EXPERIMENTAL_CXX0X__)

doesn't work, since _cplusplus is still 199711L.
The only workaround is to check _MSC_VER for VS2013, and continue on.

Is there a reason why _cplusplus is still 199711L ?
Posted by armano_pawel on 10/18/2013 at 10:13 AM
I can confirm this 2.

#if defined(__cplusplus) && __cplusplus == 201103L
Posted by Inge Eivind Henriksen on 1/2/2013 at 4:47 PM
I can confirm this issue. Here is my test code from my VS 2012 C++ project:

#if __cplusplus >= 201103L
#pragma message C++ ISO/IEC 14882:2011 supported by the compiler (informally known as "C++ 11")
#if __cplusplus >= 199711L
#pragma message C++ ISO/IEC 14882:1998 supported by the compiler
#error No C++ support

Compiler output:
"C++ ISO/IEC 14882:1998 supported by the compiler"
Posted by Barfy on 9/21/2012 at 2:09 AM
This can easily be illustrated by compiling the following code:

#if __cplusplus > 199711L
static_assert(false,"__cplusplus is greater than 199711L")
static_assert(false,"__cplusplus is less than or equal to 199711L")

Which results in the following error message:
1>c:\myprojects\cplusplusmacrotest\cplusplusmacrotest\main.cpp(4): error C2338: __cplusplus is less than or equal to 199711L
1>c:\myprojects\cplusplusmacrotest\cplusplusmacrotest\main.cpp(6): fatal error C1004: unexpected end-of-file found

I will also attach a screenshot with Intellisense showing the value of macro.
Posted by Microsoft on 9/21/2012 at 1:42 AM
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Posted by Microsoft on 9/18/2012 at 1:15 AM
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Posted by Microsoft on 9/17/2012 at 7:52 AM
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