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Linker Property Pages 

This topic discusses the following properties on the General linker property page:

Ignore Import Library

Tells the linker not to try to link any .lib output generated from this build into any dependent project. This allows the project system to handle .dll files that do not produce a .lib file when built. If a project is dependent on another project that produces a DLL, the project system automatically will link the .lib file produced by that child project. This may not be needed by projects that are producing COM DLLs or resource-only DLLs; these DLLs do not have any meaningful exports. If a DLL has no exports, the linker will not generate a .lib file. If no export .lib file is present on the disk, and the project system tells the linker to link with this (missing) DLL, the link will fail.

Use Ignore Import Library to resolve this problem. When set to Yes, the project system will ignore the presence or absence of that .lib file and cause any project that is dependent on this project to not link with the nonexistent .lib file.

To programmatically access this property, see IgnoreImportLibrary.

Register Output

Run regsvr32.exe /s $(TargetPath), which is valid only on .dll projects. For .exe projects, this property is ignored. If you want to register an .exe output, set a postbuild event on the configuration to do the custom registration that is always required for registered .exe files.

To programmatically access this property, see RegisterOutput.

Link Library Dependencies

Gives you the choice of linking in the .lib files that are produced by dependent projects. Typically, you will want to link in the .lib file.

Use Library Dependency Inputs

In a large project, when a dependent project produces a .lib file, incremental linking is disabled. If there are many dependent projects that produce .lib files, building the application can take a long time. When this property is set to Yes, the project system links in the .obj files for .libs produced by dependent projects, thus enabling incremental linking.

For information on how to access the General linker property page, see How To: Specify Project Properties with Property Pages.

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