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Hiya, Does anyone know - when linking an executable with a static library, is the entire library included, or just the functions which are actually used? Thanks for any help! [smile]

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That depends entirely on the compiler or linker. It will probably link with everything in the library though. There's not much point in leaving the unused ones out. You will save some space, but unless the library is really huge it won't be all that much.

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If you enable things like 'function level linking' or 'dead stripping', the linker will eventually get rid of all the unecessary code.

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Interesting, thanks for your replies.

I've just tested this with VS 2008 - it appears the entire library is linked (in a debug build at least).

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