This directive is used to set the type of a symbol.
For COFF targets, this directive is permitted only within .def/.endef pairs. It is used like this:
This records the integer int as the type attribute of a symbol table entry.
.type is associated only with COFF format output; when as is configured for b.out output, it accepts this directive but ignores it.
For ELF targets, the .type directive is used like this:
.type name , type description
This sets the type of symbol name to be either a function symbol or an object symbol. There are five different syntaxes supported for the type description field, in order to provide compatibility with various other assemblers. The syntaxes supported are:
.type <name>,#function .type <name>,#object .type <name>,@function .type <name>,@object .type <name>,%function .type <name>,%object .type <name>,"function" .type <name>,"object" .type <name> STT_FUNCTION .type <name> STT_OBJECT