Summary: [CTFE] failing downcast causes error
           Product: D
           Version: D2
          Platform: Other
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: DMD

--- Comment #0 from Elvis Maehren <> 2011-12-22 07:45:40 
PST ---
At runtime, a failing downcast evaluates to null.
At compile time, it gives an error:
"Error: cannot reinterpret class from C to test.B at compile time"
It should just evaluate to null, too.

class A {}
class B : A {}
class C : A {}

bool test(T)() {
    A a = new T;
    return (cast(B) a) !is null;

void main() {
    assert(test!B()); // ok
    assert(!test!C()); // ok
    static assert(test!B()); // ok
    static assert(!test!C()); // error

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