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From Mark Slee <>
Subject RE: const bug
Date Mon, 23 Aug 2010 20:45:55 GMT
I think this one falls under the category of "reasonable, but currently unimplemented feature."
Not sure if there's a JIRA ticket open for this (nothing springs to mind). Worth opening one,
I don't see any reason not to support this.

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Haberman [] 
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2010 1:36 PM
Subject: const bug


We're running an old pre-0.3 thrift and trying upgrade, but running into
a compile error. I've reduce it down to this example:

    struct A {
      1: string name = ""
    const A DEFAULT_A = {}
    struct B {
      1: A a = DEFAULT_A

The problem is that with "a = DEFAULT_A", we get this exception:

    type error: const "a" was declared as struct/xception

If I remove "= DEFAULT_A", then it works great.

Just looking at the thrift file, using the DEFAULT_A const as a default
value seems to make sense. Is this a bug, or is it really illegal to use
const structs as default values?


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