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Under certain, rare conditions, the C++ compiler may optimize loops out of a program. When you examine the compiled assembler, you may note that there are functions that do not contain looping instructions, although the source code contains loop constructs.
This problem occurs because of a bug in the global optimizer.
Service pack information
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
837234 List of bugs that are fixed in Visual Studio .NET 2002 Service Pack 1
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Date Version Size File name ------------------------------------------------- 11-Apr-2002 13.0.9485.0 1,753,088 C2.dll 11-Apr-2002 13.0.9485.0 2,105,344 C1xx.dll
To work around the problem, use a larger data type as the iterator value.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Visual Studio .NET 2002 Service Pack 1.
The following program is an example of the behavior. After you build this sample program by using the default compiler settings for release mode, it prints out Loop only one time.