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ToolTaskExtension Base Class

Many tasks inherit from the ToolTaskExtension class, which inherits from the ToolTask class, which itself inherits from the Task class. This inheritance chain adds several parameters to the tasks that derive from them. These parameters are listed in this document.

The following table describes the parameters of the base classes.

Parameter

Description

BuildEngine

Optional IBuildEngine parameter.

Specifies the build engine interface available to tasks. The build engine automatically sets this parameter to allow tasks to call back into it.

BuildEngine2

Optional IBuildEngine2 parameter.

Specifies the build engine interface available to tasks. The build engine automatically sets this parameter to allow tasks to call back into it.

This is a convenience property so that task authors inheriting from this class do not have to cast the value from IBuildEngine to IBuildEngine2.

BuildEngine3

Optional IBuildEngine3 parameter.

Specifies the build engine interface provided by the host.

EchoOff

Optional bool parameter.

When set to true, this task passes /Q to the cmd.exe command line such that the command line does not get copied to stdout.

EnvironmentVariables

Optional String array parameter.

Array of pairs of environment variables, separated by equal signs. These variables are passed to the spawned executable in addition to, or selectively overriding, the regular environment block.

ExitCode

Optional Int32 output read-only parameter.

Specifies the exit code that is provided by the executed command. If the task logged any errors, but the process had an exit code of 0 (success), this is set to -1.

HostObject

Optional ITaskHost parameter.

Specifies the host object instance (can be null). The build engine sets this property if the host IDE has associated a host object with this particular task.

Log

Optional TaskLoggingHelper read-only parameter.

Gets an instance of a TaskLoggingHelperExtension class that contains task logging methods.

LogStandardErrorAsError

Option bool parameter.

If true, all messages received on the standard error stream are logged as errors.

StandardErrorImportance

Optional String parameter.

Importance with which to log text from the standard out stream.

StandardOutputImportance

Optional String parameter.

Importance with which to log text from the standard out stream.

Timeout

Virtual optional Int32 parameter.

Specifies the amount of time, in milliseconds, after which the task executable is terminated. The default value is Int.MaxValue, indicating that there is no time out period.Time-out is in milliseconds.

ToolExe

Virtual optional string parameter.

Projects may implement this to override a ToolName. Tasks may override this to preserve the ToolName.

ToolPath

Optional string parameter.

Specifies the location from where the task loads the underlying executable file. If this parameter is not specified, the task uses the SDK installation path that corresponds to the version of the framework that is running MSBuild.

UseCommandProcessor

Optional bool parameter.

When set to true, this task creates a batch file for the command line and executes it by using the command-processor instead of executing the command directly.

YieldDuringToolExecution

Optional bool parameter.

When set to true, this task yields the node when its task is executing.

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