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volatile keyword in c language

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what is the use of volatile keyword in c language
Aug 14 '07 #1
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what is the use of volatile keyword in c language
This is what the C Standard has to say about it:

[#6] An object that has volatile-qualified type may be
modified in ways unknown to the implementation or have other
unknown side effects. Therefore any expression referring to
such an object shall be evaluated strictly according to the
rules of the abstract machine, as described in
Furthermore, at every sequence point the value last stored
in the object shall agree with that prescribed by the
abstract machine, except as modified by the unknown factors
mentioned previously.105) What constitutes an access to an
object that has volatile-qualified type is implementation-
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Aug 14 '07 #2

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What JosAH is saying is that the compiler should not be making assumptions about the variable, like not creating an actuakl variable but using a processor register instead. volatile warns the compiler to be sure to create a variable.
Aug 14 '07 #3

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