Target names should not be reserved and should match a validity pattern.
CMake 2.8.12 and lower allowed creating targets using
add_custom_target() with unrestricted choice for the target name. Newer cmake features such as
cmake-generator-expressions(7) and some diagnostics expect target names to match a restricted pattern.
Target names may contain upper and lower case letters, numbers, the underscore character (
+) and minus(
-). As a special case,
IMPORTED targets may contain two consecutive colons.
Target names reserved by one or more CMake generators are not allowed. Among others these include
Target names associated with optional features, such as
package, may also be reserved. CMake 3.10 and below always reserve them. CMake 3.11 and above reserve them only when the corresponding feature is enabled (e.g. by including the
OLD behavior for this policy is to allow creating targets with reserved names or which do not match the validity pattern. The
NEW behavior for this policy is to report an error if an add_* command is used with an invalid target name.
This policy was introduced in CMake version 3.0. CMake version 3.19.0-rc3 warns when the policy is not set and uses
OLD behavior. Use the
cmake_policy() command to set it to
OLD behavior of a policy is
deprecated by definition and may be removed in a future version of CMake.
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