/FORCE (Force File Output)
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/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.

If a module is compiled with /clr, /FORCE will not create an image.

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 Command Line property page.

  4. Type the option into the Additional Options box.

To set this linker option programmatically

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