/FORCE (Force File Output)
The /FORCE option tells the linker to create a valid .exe file or DLL even if a symbol is referenced but not defined or is multiply defined.
The /FORCE option can take an optional argument:
- Use /FORCE:MULTIPLE to create an output file whether or not LINK finds more than one definition for a symbol.
- Use /FORCE:UNRESOLVED to create an output file whether or not LINK finds an undefined symbol. /FORCE:UNRESOLVED is ignored if the entry point symbol is unresolved.
/FORCE with no arguments implies both multiple and unresolved.
A file created with this option may not run as expected. The linker will not link incrementally when the /FORCE option is specified.
To set this linker option in the Visual Studio development environment
- Open the project's Property Pages dialog box. For details, see Setting Visual C++ Project Properties.
- Click the Linker folder.
- Click the Command Line property page.
- Type the option into the Additional Options box.
To set this linker option programmatically