6.31.3 ARC Function Attributes

These function attributes are supported by the ARC back end:

interrupt
Use this attribute to indicate that the specified function is an interrupt handler. The compiler generates function entry and exit sequences suitable for use in an interrupt handler when this attribute is present.

On the ARC, you must specify the kind of interrupt to be handled in a parameter to the interrupt attribute like this:

          void f () __attribute__ ((interrupt ("ilink1")));

Permissible values for this parameter are: ilink1 and ilink2 .

long_call
medium_call
short_call
These attributes specify how a particular function is called. These attributes override the -mlong-calls and -mmedium-calls (see ARC Options ) command-line switches and #pragma long_calls settings.

For ARC, a function marked with the long_call attribute is always called using register-indirect jump-and-link instructions, thereby enabling the called function to be placed anywhere within the 32-bit address space. A function marked with the medium_call attribute will always be close enough to be called with an unconditional branch-and-link instruction, which has a 25-bit offset from the call site. A function marked with the short_call attribute will always be close enough to be called with a conditional branch-and-link instruction, which has a 21-bit offset from the call site.

jli_always
Forces a particular function to be called using jli instruction. The jli instruction makes use of a table stored into .jlitab section, which holds the location of the functions which are addressed using this instruction.
jli_fixed
Identical like the above one, but the location of the function in the jli table is known and given as an attribute parameter.
secure_call
This attribute allows one to mark secure-code functions that are callable from normal mode. The location of the secure call function into the sjli table needs to be passed as argument.