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Compiler Error C2179

Error Message

'type' : an attribute argument cannot use type parameters

A generic type parameter is resolved at runtime. However, an attribute parameter must be resolved at compile time. Therefore, you cannot use a generic type parameter as an argument to an attribute.


The following sample generates C2179.

// C2179.cpp
// compile with: /clr
using namespace System;

public ref struct Attr : Attribute {
   Attr(Type ^ a) {
      x = a;

   Type ^ x;

ref struct G {};

generic<typename T> 
public ref class Z { 
   Type ^ d;
   [Attr(T::typeid)]   // C2179
   // try the following line instead
   // [Attr(G::typeid)]
   T t;