/INCLUDE (Force Symbol References)
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/INCLUDE (Force Symbol References)




Specifies a symbol to be added to the symbol table.

The /INCLUDE option tells the linker to add a specified symbol to the symbol table.

To specify multiple symbols, type a comma (,), a semicolon (;), or a space between the symbol names. On the command line, specify /INCLUDE:symbol once for each symbol.

The linker resolves symbol by adding the object that contains the symbol definition to the program. This feature is useful for including a library object that otherwise would not be linked to the program.

Specifying a symbol with this option overrides the removal of that symbol by /OPT:REF.

To set this linker option in the Visual Studio development environment

  1. Open the project's Property Pages dialog box. For details, see Setting Visual C++ Project Properties.

  2. Click the Linker folder.

  3. Click the Input property page.

  4. Modify the Force Symbol References property.

To set this linker option programmatically

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