When creating a static library, you can still use the function "target_link_libraries" even though the static library is never linked, as such. What you're doing is creating a dependency record for cmake so that target_link_libraries of a static library are included in a link of some other target which depends on the static library. What seems confusing is that target_link_libraries accepts the keywords PUBLIC and PRIVATE as well as INTERFACE when used with a static library, since only INTERFACE really makes sense in this context.
Would it be beneficial to issue a warning when someone uses PUBLIC or PRIVATE with target_link_libraries on a static library to make it clear that they may not be understanding what's going on? -- Andrew Bell andrew.bell...@gmail.com
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