Error with `QObject` subclass and copy constructor: `QObject::QObject(const QObject&) is private`


The following compile errors is what I have:

/usr/lib/qt-3.3/include/qobject.h: In copy constructor Product::Product(const Product&):
/usr/lib/qt-3.3/include/qobject.h:211: error: QObject::QObject(const QObject&) is private
Product.h:20: error: within this context
HandleTCPClient.cpp: In member function int Handler::HandleTCPClient(int, std::string, std::string):
HandleTCPClient.cpp:574: note: synthesized method Product::Product(const Product&) first required here 
HandleTCPClient.cpp:574: error:   initializing argument 1 of std::string productDetails(Product)
/usr/lib/qt-3.3/include/qobject.h: In member function Product& Product::operator=(const Product&):
Product.h:20:   instantiated from void std::vector<_Tp, _Alloc>::_M_insert_aux(__gnu_cxx::__normal_iterator<typename std::_Vector_base<_Tp, _Alloc>::_Tp_alloc_type::pointer, std::vector<_Tp, _Alloc> >, const _Tp&) [with _Tp = Product, _Alloc = std::allocator<Product>]
/usr/lib/gcc/i386-redhat-linux/4.1.2/../../../../include/c++/4.1.2/bits/stl_vector.h:610:   instantiated from âvoid std::vector<_Tp, _Alloc>::push_back(const _Tp&) [with _Tp = Product, _Alloc = std::allocator<Product>]â
HandleTCPClient.cpp:173:   instantiated from here
/usr/lib/qt-3.3/include/qobject.h:212: error: QObject& QObject::operator=(const QObject&) is private
Product.h:20: error: within this context
/usr/lib/gcc/i386-redhat-linux/4.1.2/../../../../include/c++/4.1.2/bits/vector.tcc: In member function void std::vector<_Tp, _Alloc>::_M_insert_aux(__gnu_cxx::__normal_iterator<typename std::_Vector_base<_Tp, _Alloc>::_Tp_alloc_type::pointer, std::vector<_Tp, _Alloc> >, const _Tp&) [with _Tp = Product, _Alloc = std::allocator<Product>]:
/usr/lib/gcc/i386-redhat-linux/4.1.2/../../../../include/c++/4.1.2/bits/vector.tcc:260: note: synthesized method âProduct& Product::operator=(const Product&) first required here 
make: *** [HandleTCPClient.o] Error 1

Part of my HandleTCPClient.cpp Line 574:

            Product tempProduct;// temporary Product storage variable

            else if (output[1] == '5') // description
                output.erase(0,2); // erase the sequence numbers
                tempProduct.description = output;
    LINE 574            output = productDetails(tempProduct); // obtain client given information about selling product


#include <string>
#include <qtimer.h>
#include "HandleTCPClient.h"
#ifndef PRODUCT_H
#define PRODUCT_H
#include <qobject.h>
#include <qgl.h>

class Handler;

//Define ourselves a product class
class Product : public QObject


        void startTimer();


        string seller, itemName, description, highestBidder;
        double price, min, buyingPrice, currentBid;
        int time;
        bool isSold;
        Handler *handler;

        void setHandler(Handler *h);

    public slots:
        void setProductToSold();




#include <string>
using std::string;

#include "Product.h"

    seller = "";
    itemName = "";
    price = 0.00;
    min = 0.00;
    buyingPrice = 0.00;
    time = 0;
    description = "";
    highestBidder = "None";
    currentBid = 0.00;

void Product::setHandler(Handler *h)
    handler = h;

Thanks for all the help =)

11/15/2013 1:14:57 PM

Accepted Answer

Product is a subclass of QObject, which cannot be copied. Your code is attempting to copy it somewhere (perhaps in productDetails(tempProduct)) and this causes the error. Perhaps you could pass it to your function by const reference instead; or perhaps some redesign of your program is needed.

Your compiler is telling you that the copy constructor of QObject is private, so it cannot be called by any function that is not a method of the base class. Qt has designed it to work that way.

One reason that Qt disables copying of QObjects is that it manages the memory of the children of a QObject. When a QObject gets deleted, so do all of its children. This would be impractical to do properly if the QObject was copyable.

11/22/2009 6:23:38 PM

Copying is not allowed for QObject descendants...


Your productDetails() function takes its parameter by value, making a copy necessary. Change it to take a const reference instead.

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