# inline_depth

Visual Studio .NET 2003
```#pragma inline_depth( [0... 255] )
```

Controls the number of times inline expansion can occur by controlling the number of times that a series of function calls can be expanded (from 0 to 255 times). This pragma controls the inlining of functions marked inline and __inline or inlined automatically under the /Ob2 option.

The inline_depth pragma controls the number of times a series of function calls can be expanded. For example, if the inline depth is four, and if A calls B and B then calls C, all three calls will be expanded inline. However, if the closest inline expansion is two, only A and B are expanded, and C remains as a function call.

To use this pragma, you must set the /Ob compiler option to 1 or 2. The depth set using this pragma takes effect at the first function call after the pragma. If you do not specify a value within the parentheses, inline_depth sets the inline depth back to its default value of 8.

The inline depth can be decreased during expansion but not increased. If the inline depth is six and during expansion the preprocessor encounters an inline_depth pragma with a value of eight, the depth remains six.

An inline depth of 0 inhibits inline expansion; an inline depth of 255 places no limit on inline expansion. If either pragma is used without specifying a value, the default value is used.