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It can be used to pass information to the back-end of the compiler.
This declaration is conditionally-supported and implementation defined, meaning that it may not be present and, even when provided by the implementation, it does not have a fixed meaning

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Syntax

asm ( string_literal ) ;

Explanation

The string_literal is typically a short program written in assembly language, which is executed whenever this declaration is executed. Different C++ compilers have wildly varying rules for asm-declarations, and different conventions for the interaction with the surrounding C++ code.

Examples

Demonstrates two kinds of inline assembly syntax offered by the GCC compiler. This program will only work correctly on x86_64 platform under Linux.

#include <iostream>
int main()
{
    int n = 7;
    // extended inline assembly
    asm ("leal (%0,%0,4),%0"
         : "=r" (n)
         : "0" (n));
    std::cout << "7*5 = " << n << '\n';
 
    // standard inline assembly
    asm ("movq $60, %rax\n\t" // the exit syscall number on Linux
         "movq $2,  %rdi\n\t" // this program returns 2
         "syscall");
}

Output:

7*5 = 35

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