360 Assembly/360 Instructions/ACTR

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The ACTR pseudo-instruction is used to instruct the assembler to limit the number of AGO and AIF pseudo-instructions to be executed. The ACTR pseudo-instruction is primarily used to prevent endless loops during conditional assembly or macro processing.

Format

.SYM     ACTR   value

Where

  • .SYM is an optional conditional assembly label (a sequence symbol), which may be omitted, and
  • value is a numeric expression greater than zero. The value indicates the maximum number of AGO or successfully executed AIF pseudo-instructions that this macro or conditional assembly is permitted to execute.

Example

         ACTR   30000

Meaning that a maximum of 30000 AGO or successful AIF instructions may be executed before assembly is stopped (if inside a macro) or ends (if in conditional assembly). The assembler counts the number of these against the ACTR value, subrtacting one for each and if the count becomes zero or negative, processing is terminated.

In a macro, if the number of AGO or successful AIF pseudo instructions that have been executed reaches this value, the macro is exited at that point. If this macro was called from another macro, assembly resumes at the place where this macro was called. This macro's ACTR value has no affect on the calling macro, if it did not have an ACTR pseudo-instruction it continues without limits. If it did have an ACTR psudo instruction, it continues with the limit it had for whatever unused part of its limit it has remaining.

In conditional assembly outside of a macro, if the number of AGO or successful AIF instructions reaches that value, the assembly ends as if the source code file had ended at that point. The remainder of the program is treated as comments except ewrrors will be flagged.

The value supplied is divided by 2 if a serious error is detected.

 
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Data Related CCWCCW0CCW1DCDS
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Listing, output and source related Comments*PROCESSACONTROLEJECTENDEXITCTLICTLISEQPOPPRINTPUNCHPUSHREPROSPACETITLE
 
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