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Re: role of "register" C keyword?
On Thu, May 06, 2010 at 01:22:27PM -0700, Ian Lance Taylor wrote:
> Basile Starynkevitch <email@example.com> writes:
> > Long time ago (probably in the GCC 2.95 & 3.2 time frame) I would
> > imagine that the "register" keyword indeed affected register
> > allocation, in the sense that variables declared with register where
> > indeed & preferentially put in a machine register.
> I don't think the "register" keyword ever affected register allocation
> in gcc. For that you have to go back to compilers of the 1970s.
> The register keyword does still have a use, though, in a gcc
> extension: gcc uses it in combination with asm to implement register
register keyword has other uses, e.g. for -O0 code variables declared
with register keyword can be put into registers, while variables declared
without it always get stack slots.