Is it possible to use an
external build system for VC++ 2013? I want Visual Studio do nothing but build by invoking my build tools.
I am thinking about something like this:
- Put all build command in batches.
- Invoke a project-level build batch by right clicking the project and choose build.
Invoke the a solution-level build batch by right clicking the solution and choose build.
Is there some walk-through tutorial? I searched a lot but no luck.
ADD 1 - Some progress...
After briefly reading about the
MSBuild process, I tried as below.
First, I edit the
*.vcxproj project file. I change the
<Project DefaultTargets="MyTarget" ToolsVersion="12.0" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003">
Then I add a new target named
<Target Name="MyTarget"> <Message Text="Hello, Bitch!" /> </Target>
I hope this can bypass the VS2013 built-in built process and only carry out my own batch.
It works well on command prompt:
But in Visual Studio, when I right click the project and choose
build command, it gives me a lot of link errors.
How to avoid these link errors? Since my batch can take care of all the build process, I don't need Visual Studio to do the link for me.
It seems these link errors show up because I include the
*.c files with the
ClCompile tag as below.
<ItemGroup> <ClCompile Include="z:\MyProject1\source1.c" /> <ItemGroup>
Since I don't want VS2013 to invoke the compiler, I change it to
<ClInclude> tag, the link errors disappeared, but the symbol resolution is not working... Seems I shouldn't change the tag.
Here's another way to compile without linking.
Is it possible for Visual Studio C++ to compile objects without linking
Seems it doesn't have the symbol resolution issue. But I still cannot invoke an external batch by click
You might want to look into Visual Studio's makefile projects (in the Visual C++/General project templates category).
You get to specify what commands to execute for each type of build (clean, build, rebuild). The command can invoke a make, run a batch file, or invoke some other build tool. It just executes a command. The commands can contain various macros that VS provides (similar to environment variables) so the command can be parametrized for things like making a target directory based on the solution or project name or type (debug vs. release).