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The DCQ directive allocates one or more eight-byte blocks of memory, aligned on four-byte boundaries, and defines the initial runtime contents of the memory. DCQU is the same, except that the memory alignment is arbitrary.


{label} DCQ{U} {-}literal{,{-}literal}



is a 64-bit numeric literal.

The range of numbers permitted is 0 to 264–1.

In addition to the characters normally permitted in a numeric literal, you can prefix literal with a minus sign. In this case, the range of numbers permitted is –263 to –1.

The result of specifying -n is the same as the result of specifying 264–n.


DCQ inserts up to three bytes of padding before the first defined eight-byte block, if necessary, to achieve four-byte alignment.

Use DCQU if you do not require alignment.

Correct example

        AREA    MiscData, DATA, READWRITE
data    DCQ     -225,2_101     ; 2_101 means binary 101.

Incorrect example

number  EQU     2
        DCQU    number         ; DCQ and DCQU only accept literals not
                               ; expressions.