6.1.2 The Global and Global'Class Aspects
The Global and Global'Class aspects of a program
unit are used to identify the objects global to the unit that can be
read or written during its execution.
basic_global_mode ::= in | in out | out
Name Resolution Rules
For a subprogram, an entry, an access-to-subprogram
type, a task unit, a protected unit, or a library package or generic
library package, the following language-defined aspect may be specified
with an aspect_specification
The Global aspect shall be specified with a global_aspect_definition.
for Global: Global
object usage contract.
The Global aspect identifies the set of variables
(which, for the purposes of this clause, includes all constants except
those which are known to have no variable views (see 3.3))
that are global to a callable entity or task body, and that are read
or updated as part of the execution of the callable entity or task body.
If specified for a protected unit, it refers to all of the protected
operations of the protected unit. Constants of any type may also be mentioned
in a Global aspect.
If not specified or otherwise defined below, the
aspect defaults to the Global aspect for the enclosing library unit if
the entity is declared at library level, and to Unspecified otherwise.
If not specified for a library unit, the aspect defaults to Global
=> null for a library unit that is declared Pure, and
to Global => Unspecified otherwise.
The Global'Class aspect shall be specified with
This aspect identifies an upper bound on the set of variables global
to a dispatching operation that can be read or updated as a result of
a dispatching call on the operation. If not specified, the aspect defaults
to the Global aspect for the dispatching subprogram.
for Global'Class: Global
object usage contract inherited on derivation.
Together, we refer to the Global and Global'Class
aspects as global aspects.
defines the Global or Global'Class aspect of some entity. The Global
aspect identifies the sets of global variables that can be read, written,
or modified as a side effect of executing the operation(s) associated
with the entity. The Global'Class aspect associated with a dispatching
operation of type T represents a restriction on the Global aspect
on a corresponding operation of any descendant of type T.
The Global aspect for a callable entity defines
the global variables that can be referenced as part of a call on the
entity, including any assertion expressions that apply to the call (even
if not enabled), such as preconditions, postconditions, predicates, and
The Global aspect for an access-to-subprogram object
(or subtype) identifies the global variables that can be referenced when
calling via the object (or any object of that subtype) including assertion
expressions that apply.
For a predefined operator of an elementary type,
the function representing an enumeration literal, or any other static
function (see 4.9), the Global aspect is null.
For a predefined operator of a composite type, the Global aspect of the
operator defaults to that of the enclosing library unit (unless a Global
aspect is specified for the type — see H.7).
The following is defined in terms of operations
that are performed by or on behalf of an entity. The rules on operations
apply to the entity(s) associated with those operations.
The operations performed by a callable entity are
those associated with the body of the entity. For other kinds of entities
(such as subtypes, see H.7), we explicitly
list the associated operations.
The global variables associated with any global_mode
can be read as a side effect of an operation. The in out and out
together identify the set of global variables that can be updated as
a side effect of an operation. Creating an access-to-variable value that
designates an object is considered an update of the designated object,
and creating an access-to-constant value that designates an object is
considered a read of the designated object.
all identifies the
set of all global variables;
the set of all synchronized variables (see 9.10),
as well as variables of a composite type all of whose non-discriminant
subcomponents are synchronized;
identifies the specified global variable (or constant);
identifies the set of all variables declared in the private part or body
of the package, or anywhere within a private descendant of the package.
If an entity (other than a library package or generic
library package) has a Global aspect other than Unspecified or in
out all, then the associated operation(s) shall read only those variables
global to the entity that are within the global variable set associated
with the in, in out, or out global_modes,
and the operation(s) shall update only those variables global to the
entity that are within the global variable set associated with either
the in out or out global_modes.
In the absence of the No_Hidden_Indirect_Globals restriction (see H.4),
this ignores objects reached via a dereference of an access value. The
above rule includes any possible Global effects of calls occurring during
the execution of the operation, except for the following excluded calls:
calls to formal subprograms;
calls associated with operations
on formal subtypes;
calls through formal objects
of an access-to-subprogram type;
calls through access-to-subprogram
calls on operations with
Global aspect Unspecified.
The possible Global effects of these excluded calls
(other than those that are Unspecified) are taken into account by the
caller of the original operation, by presuming they occur at least once
during its execution. For calls that are not excluded, the possible Global
effects of the call are those permitted by the Global aspect of the associated
entity, or by its Global'Class aspect if a dispatching call.
a predefined equality operator of a composite type, the possible Global
effects includes those of the equality operations invoked as part of
the evaluation of the operator (which might not be predefined and thus
might have a different Global specification than the component types).
If a Global aspect other than Unspecified or in
out all applies to an access-to-subprogram type, then the prefix
of an Access attribute_reference
producing a value of such a type shall denote a subprogram whose Global
aspect is not Unspecified and is covered by
that of the result type, where a global aspect G1 is covered
by a global aspect G2 if the set of variables that G1 identifies
as readable or updatable is a subset of the corresponding set for G2.
Similarly on a conversion to such a type, the operand shall be of a named
access-to-subprogram type whose Global aspect is covered by that of the
If an implementation-defined global_mode
applies to a given set of variables, an implementation-defined rule determines
what sort of references to them are permitted.
For a subprogram that is a dispatching operation
of a tagged type T, each mode of its Global aspect shall identify
a subset of the variables identified by the corresponding mode, or by
the in out mode, of the Global'Class aspect of a corresponding
dispatching subprogram of any ancestor of T, unless the aspect
of that ancestor is Unspecified.
An implementation can allow some references to
a constant object which are not accounted for by the Global or Global'Class
aspect when it is considered a variable in the above rules, if the implementation
can determine that the object is in fact immutable.
particular, this allows the implementation to violate privacy in order
to determine whether a constant needs to be covered by a Global aspect.
Implementations may perform additional checks on
calls to operations with an Unspecified Global aspect to ensure that
they do not violate any limitations associated with the point of call.
this sense, Global => Unspecified is not permission to violate
the caller's Global restrictions. It is rather that the implementor of
the subprogram is presuming other means are being used to ensure safety.
Note the No_Unspecified_Globals Restriction (H.4),
which prevents the use of Unspecified with the Global aspect in a given
Implementations may extend the syntax or semantics
of the Global aspect in an implementation-defined manner[; for example,
supporting additional global_modes].
Any extensions of the Global aspect.
Reason: This is
intended to allow preexisting usages from SPARK 2014 to remain acceptable
in conforming implementations, as well as to provide flexibility for
future enhancements. Note the word “extend” in this permission;
we expect that any aspect usage that conforms with the (other) rules
of this subclause will be accepted by any Ada implementation, regardless
of any implementation-defined extensions.
For an example of the use of these aspects, see
the Vector container definition in A.18.2.
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