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HLSL behaviour when float4 declared inside main function and outside

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Hi, I am seeing a weird issue. I have this shader:

// Vertex shader input structure
struct VS_INPUT
{
    float4 Position   : POSITION;
    float2 Texture    : TEXCOORD0;
    float4 DiffuseColor : COLOR0;
    float3 Normal       : NORMAL;
};


// Vertex shader output structure
struct VS_OUTPUT
{
    float4 Position   : POSITION;
    float2 Texture    : TEXCOORD0;
    float4 DiffuseColor : COLOR0;
};


// Global variables
float4x4 WorldViewProj;

float4 LightColor = {1.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f, 1.0f};

VS_OUTPUT vs_main( in VS_INPUT In )
{
    VS_OUTPUT Out;                      //create an output vertex
    float4 colorContibutedbyLight = float4(0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f);
    
    colorContibutedbyLight = LightColor * 0.5f;
    
    Out.Position = mul(In.Position,
                       WorldViewProj);  //apply vertex transformation
    Out.Texture  = In.Texture;          //copy original texcoords
    Out.DiffuseColor = colorContibutedbyLight;

    return Out;                         //return output vertex
}

Notice that here LightColor is declared just outside vs_main. If i use this shader i always get black diffuse color. It seems that LightColor is not getting initialized properly. But if I just move the line "float4 LightColor = {1.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f, 1.0f};" inside vs_main, then all works as expected. Is this some HLSL thing I dont know ? or is this a driver bug ?

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