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comment pragma

Places a comment record into an object file or executable file.


#pragma comment( comment-type [ , "comment-string" ] )


The comment-type is one of the predefined identifiers, described below, that specifies the type of comment record. The optional comment-string is a string literal that provides additional information for some comment types. Because comment-string is a string literal, it obeys all the rules for string literals on use of escape characters, embedded quotation marks ("), and concatenation.


Places the name and version number of the compiler in the object file. This comment record is ignored by the linker. If you supply a comment-string parameter for this record type, the compiler generates a warning.


Places a library-search record in the object file. This comment type must be accompanied by a comment-string parameter that has the name (and possibly the path) of the library that you want the linker to search. The library name follows the default library-search records in the object file. The linker searches for this library the same way as if you specified it on the command line, as long as the library isn't specified by using /nodefaultlib. You can place multiple library-search records in the same source file. Each record appears in the object file in the same order it's found in the source file.

If the order of the default library and an added library is important, compiling with the /Zl switch will prevent the default library name from being placed in the object module. A second comment pragma then can be used to insert the name of the default library after the added library. The libraries listed with these pragma directives will appear in the object module in the same order they're found in the source code.


Places a linker option in the object file. You can use this comment-type to specify a linker option instead of passing it to the command line or specifying it in the development environment. For example, you can specify the /include option to force the inclusion of a symbol:

#pragma comment(linker, "/include:__mySymbol")

Only the following (comment-type) linker options are available to be passed to the linker identifier:


Places a general comment in the object file. The comment-string parameter contains the text of the comment. This comment record is ignored by the linker.


The following pragma causes the linker to search for the EMAPI.LIB library while linking. The linker searches first in the current working directory, and then in the path specified in the LIB environment variable.

#pragma comment( lib, "emapi" )

The following pragma causes the compiler to place the name and version number of the compiler in the object file:

#pragma comment( compiler )

For comments that take a comment-string parameter, you can use a macro in any place where you would use a string literal, as long as the macro expands to a string literal. You can also concatenate any combination of string literals and macros that expand to string literals. For example, the following statement is acceptable:

#pragma comment( user, "Compiled on " __DATE__ " at " __TIME__ )

See also

Pragma directives and the __pragma and _Pragma keywords