By default linking to a shared library target transitively links to targets with which the library itself was linked. For an executable with exports (see the
ENABLE_EXPORTS target property) no default transitive link dependencies are used. This property replaces the default transitive link dependencies with an explicit list. When the target is linked into another target using the
target_link_libraries() command, the libraries listed (and recursively their link interface libraries) will be provided to the other target also. If the list is empty then no transitive link dependencies will be incorporated when this target is linked into another target even if the default set is non-empty. This property is initialized by the value of the
CMAKE_LINK_INTERFACE_LIBRARIES variable if it is set when a target is created. This property is ignored for
This property is deprecated. Use
Note that it is not advisable to populate the
LINK_INTERFACE_LIBRARIES of a target with absolute paths to dependencies. That would hard-code into installed packages the library file paths for dependencies as found on the machine the package was made on.
See the Creating Relocatable Packages section of the
cmake-packages(7) manual for discussion of additional care that must be taken when specifying usage requirements while creating packages for redistribution.
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