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Build Events Page, Project Designer (C#, J#)

This topic has been updated for Visual Studio 2005 SP1.

Use the Build Events page of the Project Designer to specify build configuration instructions. You can also specify the conditions under which any post-build events are run. For more information, see How to: Specify Build Events (C#, J#)and How to: Specify Build Events (Visual Basic).

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Pre-build event command line

Specifies any commands to execute before the build starts. To type long commands, click Edit Pre-build to display the Pre-build Event/Post-build Event Command Line Dialog Box.

NoteNote

Pre-build events do not run if the project is up to date and no build is triggered.

Post-build event command line

Specifies any commands to execute after the build ends. To type long commands, click Edit Post-build to display the Pre-build Event/Post-build Event Command Line Dialog Box.

NoteNote

Add a call statement before all post-build commands that run .bat files. For example, call C:\MyFile.bat or call C:\MyFile.bat call C:\MyFile2.bat.

Run the post-build event

Specifies the following conditions for the post-build event to run, as shown in the following table.

Option Result

Always

Post-build event will run regardless of whether the build succeeds.

On successful build

Post-build event will run if the build succeeds. Thus, the event will run even for a project that is up-to-date, as long as the build succeeds.

When the build updates the project output

Post-build event will only run when the compiler's output file (.exe or .dll) differs from the previous compiler output file. Thus, a post-build event is not run if a project is up-to-date.

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