> relocatable vs. absolute expressions


 relocatable vs. absolute expressions

Typically, an expression that refers to a label, variable, procedure, or function is relocatable, and an expression that operates solely on constants is absolute.

A relocatable expression denotes a value that requires relocation at link

 time. (Relocation is the process by which the linker assigns absolute

addresses to symbols.)

An absolute expression denotes a value that requires no such relocation.

At compile time, the compiler does not know the final address of a label, variable, procedure, or function.

The final address does not become known until link time, when the linker assigns a specific absolute address to the symbol.

The built-in assembler allows you to carry out any operation on an absolute value, but it restricts operations on relocatable values to addition and subtraction of constants.

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