[ACCEPTED]-How to get cmd line build command for VS solution?-build-process

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Score: 25

Navigate to your Programs menu > Microsoft 10 Visual Studio 2005 > Visual Studio Tools 9 > Visual Studio 2005 Command Prompt.

this command prompt has all the necessary 8 .NET environment variables set for the the 7 command line session. You can change directory 6 to your solution directory (e.g. c:\projects\mySolution) and 5 run

Msbuild.exe mySolution.sln

You can see the various options available 4 using msbuild /?

Msbuild is located at C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727

On 3 top of msbuild /? quick-option check, you 2 may reference the MSBuild Command Line Reference page for more explanations 1 on its usage. And how to build specific targets in solutions.

Score: 16

In addition to what @JohnIdol says correctly, I've 13 found that you need to setup a number VS 12 environment variables. I don't have the 11 name of the batch file in front of me, but 10 you can modify or 'I think' use it. It is 9 in VS program files tree somewhere. Also, as 8 I remember you don't want to be in a standard 7 shell but a .NET setup shell for some paths 6 and such. I'll add details later when I'm 5 at a Windows PC with VS.

EDIT: The batch 4 file mentioned is a shortcut in ProgFiles 3 menu. Here is the details of its properties.

%comspec% /k ""C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\vcvarsall.bat""x86"

Here 2 is my batch file, using MSBuild to call 1 the solution.

@echo off

:: setup VS2005 command line build environment
set VSINSTALLDIR=C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8
set VCINSTALLDIR=C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC
set FrameworkDir=C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework
set FrameworkVersion=v2.0.50727
set FrameworkSDKDir=C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0
set DevEnvDir=C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE
set PATH=C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\BIN;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Com
mon7\Tools;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\Tools\bin;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\PlatformSDK\bin;C:\Program Files\Microsoft
 Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0\bin;C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\VCPackages;%PATH%
set INCLUDE=C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\ATLMFC\INCLUDE;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\INCLUDE;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual
 Studio 8\VC\PlatformSDK\include;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0\include;%INCLUDE%
set LIB=C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\ATLMFC\LIB;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\LIB;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC
\PlatformSDK\lib;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0\lib;%LIB%
set LIBPATH=C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\ATLMFC\LIB

echo %0 %*
echo %0 %* >> %MrB-LOG%
if not ""=="%~dp1" pushd %~dp1
if exist %~nx1 (
        echo VS2005 build of '%~nx1'.
        echo VS2005 build of '%~nx1'. >> %MrB-LOG%
        set MrB-BUILDLOG=%MrB-BASE%\%MrB-WORK%.%MrB-NICEDATE%.%MrB-NICETIME%.build-errors.log
        msbuild.exe %~nx1 /t:Rebuild /p:Configuration=Release > %MrB-BUILDLOG%
        findstr /r /c:"[1-9][0-9]* Error(s)" %MrB-BUILDLOG%
        if not errorlevel 1 (
                echo ERROR: sending notification email for build errors in '%~nx1'.
                echo ERROR: sending notification email for build errors in '%~nx1'. >> %MrB-LOG%
                call mrb-email "Mr Build isn't happy about build errors in '%~nx1'" %MrB-BUILDLOG%
        ) else (
                findstr /r /c:"[1-9][0-9]* Warning(s)" %MrB-BUILDLOG%
                if not errorlevel 1 (
                        echo ERROR: sending notification email for build warnings in '%~nx1'.
                        echo ERROR: sending notification email for build warnings in '%~nx1'. >> %MrB-LOG%
                        call mrb-email "Mr Build isn't happy about build warnings in '%~nx1'" %MrB-BUILDLOG%
                ) else (
                        echo Successful build of '%~nx1'.
                        echo Successful build of '%~nx1'. >> %MrB-LOG%
) else (
        echo ERROR '%1' doesn't exist.
        echo ERROR '%1' doesn't exist. >> %MrB-LOG%
Score: 7

For VS .NET 2003 you can use devenv.exe 2 to build the solution/project from command 1 line.

devenv solutionfile.sln  /build solutionconfig

E.g. usage in batch file:

call "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003\Common7\Tools\vsvars32.bat"

devenv Tools.sln /build "Release"
Score: 5

If you want to see the exact command line 7 as provided by VS (rather than work it out) then 6 you could try replacing the MSBuild.exe 5 with your own console app that prints out 4 all the parameters to a file.

You could also 3 write out all the environment variables 2 supplied to check which ones VS provides 1 in the background.

Score: 4

I just want to thank the Bejoy on the example. I 6 had big problems with solution rebuild on 5 setup pre build event because they removed 4 most of the macros and this helped me a 3 lot.

Here is my solution based on Bejoy's 2 (considering that .bat file is located in 1 setup root folder which is part of solution):

call "%VS100COMNTOOLS%\vsvars32.bat"

devenv "%CD%\..\soulutionfile.sln" /build "Release"
Score: 3

You can start msbuild from the command line. msbuild 11 understands .sln (solution) files. You can 10 specify the .sln file and the build configuration 9 (debug, release etc.) from the command line.

Here 8 is the documentation on what you can do 7 with msbuild. MSBuild.exe is installed with 6 the .net framework, not with visual studio. You 5 can find it in c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v3.5 4 (or v2.0.50727)

I searched a bit and found 3 that you can also do a command line build 2 with visual studio using devenv.exe /build, more 1 info here:

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