This option specifies whether you are using the Procedure Call Standard for the ARM Architecture (AAPCS). It can also specify some attributes of code sections.

The AAPCS forms part of the Base Standard Application Binary Interface for the ARM Architecture (BSABI) specification. By writing code that adheres to the AAPCS, you can ensure that separately compiled and assembled modules can work together.


AAPCS qualifiers do not affect the code produced by the assembler. They are an assertion by the programmer that the code in inputfile complies with a particular variant of AAPCS. They cause attributes to be set in the object file produced by the assembler. The linker uses these attributes to check compatibility of files, and to select appropriate library variants.

Values for qualifier are:


Specifies that inputfile does not use AAPCS. AAPCS registers are not set up. Other qualifiers are not permitted if you use none.

/interwork, /nointerwork

/interwork specifies that the code in the inputfile can interwork between ARM and Thumb safely. The default is /nointerwork.

/inter, /nointer

Are synonyms for /interwork and /nointerwork.

/ropi, /noropi

/ropi specifies that the code in inputfile is Read-Only Position-Independent (ROPI). The default is /noropi.

/pic, /nopic

Are synonyms for /ropi and /noropi.

/rwpi, /norwpi

/rwpi specifies that the code in inputfile is Read-Write Position-Independent (RWPI). The default is /norwpi.

/pid, /nopid

Are synonyms for /rwpi and /norwpi.

/fpic, /nofpic

/fpic specifies that the code in inputfile is read-only independent and references to addresses are suitable for use in a Linux shared object. The default is /nofpic.

/hardfp, /softfp

Requests hardware or software floating-point linkage. This enables the procedure call standard to be specified separately from the version of the floating-point hardware available through the --fpu option. It is still possible to specify the procedure call standard by using the --fpu option, but ARM recommends you use --apcs. If floating-point support is not permitted (for example, because --fpu=none is specified, or because of other means), then /hardfp and /softfp are ignored. If floating-point support is permitted and the softfp calling convention is used (--fpu=softvfp or --fpu=softvfp+vfp...), then /hardfp gives an error.


You must specify at least one qualifier. If you specify more than one qualifier, ensure that there are no spaces or commas between the individual qualifiers in the list.


armasm --apcs=/inter/ropi inputfile.s

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