i just wanted to know the differences between these two instructions. when should i use retn and when ret.
Posted on 2003-12-08 06:41:28 by evil__donkey
Posted on 2003-12-08 06:45:21 by roticv
thanks not the macro ret but the instruction ret.

i disassembled a file in pe explorer and pebrowse and for the return instruction

pe explorer shows this:

retn 0h

while pebrowse shows this:

ret 0h

why is that are they different instructions or are they aliases
Posted on 2003-12-08 06:48:59 by evil__donkey
If you look into the Intel manual, you would realise that there is no such opcode for retn or retf (?!). I personally think that retn and retf are some invented by assembler coders/writers. The only word to put it is simply "personal choice".
Posted on 2003-12-08 07:05:16 by roticv

As you would be aware, instruction names are just a human readable way of working with machine opcodes.

The return NEAR or FAR is a viable distinction in opcode choice but you normally use return NEAR for flat memory model 32 buit windows code.

The opcode for return NEAR is C3

The opcode for return FAR is CB

Far calls are part of a segmented model that is not normally used in 32 bit flat model.

What this means in an assembler like MASM is if you use the PROC system, just use RET at rthe end but if you write a manual procedure,

; code

The RETN is the correct instruction to use as it is opcode C3.
Posted on 2003-12-08 08:32:42 by hutch--
thank you hutch--. in another thread they were discussing about the number of parameters and there was a link to how one can export the decorations of functions in masm. They are using the export keyword which i am unable to find in the masm reference. I dont like the proc system so i normally code in the normal label syntax. how do i export the decorations. thank you.
Posted on 2003-12-08 08:38:02 by evil__donkey

I have dabbled with the EXPORT directive in ASM and from memory it puts a procedure name with a leading underscore into the export table of the EXE/DLL.

For a DLL a DEF file is very reliable and not much extra work so I tend to do it that way.

Posted on 2003-12-08 20:17:12 by hutch--