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11.5.4 Installing a library with project files

When using project files, library installation is part of the library build process. Thus no further action is needed in order to make use of the libraries that are built as part of the general application build. A usable version of the library is installed in the directory specified by the Library_Dir attribute of the library project file.

You may want to install a library in a context different from where the library is built. This situation arises with third party suppliers, who may want to distribute a library in binary form where the user is not expected to be able to recompile the library. The simplest option in this case is to provide a project file slightly different from the one used to build the library, by using the externally_built attribute. Using Library Projects