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How to: Precompile ASP.NET Web Sites
Precompiling an ASP.NET Web site provides faster initial response time for users since pages do not have to be compiled the first time they are requested. This is particularly useful for large Web sites that are updated frequently.
The procedure in this topic uses the switches and parameters of the ASP.NET Compilation Tool (Aspnet_compiler.exe). For more information about this tool, see.
For more information about precompilation, see.
To precompile an ASP.NET Web site in place
Open a command window and navigate to the folder containing the .NET Framework.
The .NET Framework is installed in the following location.
aspnet_compilercommand by typing the following at a command prompt.
aspnet_compiler -v /virtualPath
The virtualPath parameter indicates the Internet Information Services (IIS) virtual path of your Web site.
If your Web site is not an IIS application, and therefore has no entry in the IIS metabase, type the following command at a command prompt.
aspnet_compiler -p physicalOrRelativePath -v /
In this case, the physicalOrRelativePath parameter refers to the fully qualified directory path in which the Web site files are located, or a path relative to the current directory. The period (.) operator is allowed in the physicalOrRelativePath parameter. The -v switch specifies a root that the compiler will use to resolve application-root references (for example, with the tilde (~) operator). When you specify the value / for the -v switch, the compiler will resolve the paths by using the physical path as the root.