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Bug 661510 - Access specifiers in structs aren't respected.
Access specifiers in structs aren't respected.
Product: vala
Classification: Core
Component: Structs
Other Linux
: Normal normal
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Assigned To: Vala maintainers
Vala maintainers
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-10-12 00:38 UTC by clinton
Modified: 2016-12-01 10:45 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
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Description clinton 2011-10-12 00:38:48 UTC
Steps to reproduce:

1) Attempt to compile the following short program:
struct GLITCH
    private int i;

void main()
    GLITCH bad_access = GLITCH();
    bad_access.i = 4;
...and observe the results.

Notice that the above is accepted by the compiler without complaint, even though a non-member method is directly modifying a private member.
Comment 1 Luca Bruno 2011-10-12 13:02:13 UTC
It's not possible to have private struct members (there's no priv pointer like for classes), the compiler must throw an error. I'm not sure though, whether it's only about C or generally for structs.
Comment 2 Rico Tzschichholz 2016-12-01 10:45:56 UTC
commit e0adb081fc11e563b037e19b2b85bcdc93a437c3
Author: Luca Bruno <>
Date:   Thu Aug 14 14:28:21 2014 +0200

    parser: Report error only for private instance fields in structs