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BITRESET resets the value of a specified bit in the local bit table to zero and returns the previous value of the bit. It takes the general form: 



table_no specifies the position in the table of the bit for reset. If table_no evaluates to zero, it resets all elements in the table to zero and returns the value zero.

For each process, BITRESET maintains a unique table of 128 bits (numbered 1 to 128) and treats each bit in the table as a two-state flag - the value returned will always be zero or one.

BITRESET returns the previous value of the bit – you can reset and check a flag in one step. BITRESET also provides some special functions if you use one of the following table_no values:

  • -1 resets the BREAK key Inhibit bit 
  • -2 resets the Command Level Restart feature
  • -3 resets the Break/End Restart feature

An example of use is as: 


If table entry 112 is one, it returns a value of one, resets bit 112 to 0, and prints one. If table entry 112 is zero, returns a value of 0, and prints 0.

See also: BITSET.

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