c++ template and header files [duplicate]


It’s because templates are instantiated at compile-time, not link-time, and different translation units (roughly equivalent to your .cpp files) only “know about” each other at link-time. Headers tend to be widely “known about” at compile-time because you #include them in any translation unit that needs them.

Read https://isocpp.org/wiki/faq/templates for more.

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