2.3 Partial linking model

Produces a single output file that can be used as input to a subsequent link step.

Partial linking:

  • Eliminates duplicate copies of debug sections.
  • Merges the symbol tables into one.
  • Leaves unresolved references unresolved.
  • Merges common data (COMDAT) groups.
  • Generates a single object file that can be used as input to a subsequent link step.

If the linker finds multiple entry points in the input files it generates an error because the single output file can have only one entry point.

To link with this model, use the --partial command-line option.

Note:

If you use partial linking, you cannot refer to the original objects by name in a scatter file. Therefore, you might have to update your scatter file.
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