n here is intended to suggest the first syllable of the word ’inline’.
GNAT recognizes and processes
Inline pragmas. However, for inlining to
actually occur, optimization must be enabled and, by default, inlining of
subprograms across units is not performed. If you want to additionally
enable inlining of subprograms specified by pragma
Inline across units,
you must also specify this switch.
In the absence of this switch, GNAT does not attempt inlining across units
and does not access the bodies of subprograms for which
pragma Inline is
specified if they are not in the current unit.
You can optionally specify the inlining level: 1 for moderate inlining across
units, which is a good compromise between compilation times and performances
at run time, or 2 for full inlining across units, which may bring about
longer compilation times. If no inlining level is specified, the compiler will
pick it based on the optimization level: 1 for
-Os and 2 for
If you specify this switch the compiler will access these bodies, creating an extra source dependency for the resulting object file, and where possible, the call will be inlined. For further details on when inlining is possible see Inlining of Subprograms.
This switch activates front-end inlining which also generates additional dependencies.
When using a gcc-based back end (in practice this means using any version
of GNAT other than the JGNAT, .NET or GNAAMP versions), then the use of
-gnatN is deprecated, and the use of
-gnatn is preferred.
Historically front end inlining was more extensive than the gcc back end
inlining, but that is no longer the case.