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MSBuild Known Issues
Since the release of Visual Studio 2010 we have received a few reports of crashing behavior which can be traced back to issues with MSBuild. We’ve analyzed all of these and there are several particular cases where a crash can occur. We’ve also added a notification to Windows Error Reporting...
15 Jul 2010
Manifest resource names changed for .resources files
Juergen Bayer notified us of an issue introduced in MSBuild in .NET 3.5 "Orcas". The problem is if you have any items of type EmbeddedResource in your project file that are actually .resources format, rather than the usual .resx. In other words, for some reason you have already converted them from human...
19 Oct 2007
Multitargeting against .NET 2.0
If you're using the new VS 2008 multitargeting features to target .NET 2.0 you should be aware that in VS 2008 they have a limitation related to service packs. In .NET 2.0 SP1, the CLR team has added a few types to existing .NET 2.0 assemblies. For example, DateTimeOffset has been added to mscorlib...
9 Oct 2007
Fixing invalid version number problems with the AssemblyInfoTask
The arrival of 2007 bought a flurry of e-mails to the MSBuild team from people having trouble with the AssemblyInfoTask. The symptom is simple to describe - the builds start to fail with the following error: Error emitting 'System.Reflection.AssemblyVersionAttribute' attribute -- 'The version specified...
3 Jan 2007
/p property values are immutable - (sort of)....
Hello there - sorry for the long absence, but we're back and hopefully I'll keep this going again. So there was a recent forum post about how property values that are specified from the command line are immutable - i.e. it is not straightforward to change them from within the project file. Well, this...
5 Oct 2006
Well Known Limitation: Dynamic items and properties not emitted until target execution completes
Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi has written about a restriction that he ran into when using CreateProperty and CreateItem tasks to dynamically emit properties and items. The issue has to do with not being able to access items and properties that are created within a target until the target execution actually completes...
2 Jan 2006
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