Commit 861dbef4 authored by Craig Scott's avatar Craig Scott
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Help: Consistency in try_compile() docs for target type

parent df8aa3c8
......@@ -42,13 +42,19 @@ Try Compiling Source Files
[<LANG>_EXTENSIONS <bool>]
)
Try building an executable from one or more source files. The success or
failure of the ``try_compile``, i.e. ``TRUE`` or ``FALSE`` respectively, is
returned in ``<resultVar>``.
In this form the user need only supply one or more source files that include a
definition for ``main``. CMake will create a ``CMakeLists.txt`` file to build
the source(s) as an executable that looks something like this:
Try building an executable or static library from one or more source files
(which one is determined by the :variable:`CMAKE_TRY_COMPILE_TARGET_TYPE`
variable). The success or failure of the ``try_compile``, i.e. ``TRUE`` or
``FALSE`` respectively, is returned in ``<resultVar>``.
In this form, one or more source files must be provided. If
:variable:`CMAKE_TRY_COMPILE_TARGET_TYPE` is unset or is set to ``EXECUTABLE``,
the sources must include a definition for ``main`` and CMake will create a
``CMakeLists.txt`` file to build the source(s) as an executable.
If :variable:`CMAKE_TRY_COMPILE_TARGET_TYPE` is set to ``STATIC_LIBRARY``,
a static library will be built instead and no definition for ``main`` is
required. For an executable, the generated ``CMakeLists.txt`` file would
contain something like the following:
.. code-block:: cmake
......@@ -73,7 +79,7 @@ The options are:
in the generated test project.
``COPY_FILE <fileName>``
Copy the linked executable to the given ``<fileName>``.
Copy the built executable or static library to the given ``<fileName>``.
``COPY_FILE_ERROR <var>``
Use after ``COPY_FILE`` to capture into variable ``<var>`` any error
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