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The __softfp keyword asserts that a function uses software floating-point linkage.

__softfp is a function qualifier. It affects the type of the function.


This keyword has the #pragma equivalent #pragma __softfp_linkage.


Calls to the function pass floating-point arguments in integer registers. If the result is a floating-point value, the value is returned in integer registers. This duplicates the behavior of compilation targeting software floating-point.

This keyword enables the same library to be used by sources compiled to use hardware and software floating-point.


In C++, if a virtual function qualified with the __softfp keyword is to be overridden, the overriding function must also be declared as __softfp. If the functions do not match, the compiler generates an error.