conditional CopyToOutputDirectory based on definedconstants


  • HI,

    I have few batch files included in my c# project. which are set as Copy to outputdirectory as always. I want that copytooutput directory should be conditional.Is should be copied to output directory only if DefineConstants is Debug.

    from, i am able to do it for c# files by puttin conditinoal remove. as it has no copytooutput directory, but even if i put conditional remove to batch file, it is still copied to output directory.

    Requiremnt: if "debug" build, copy batch file to output. If "Release" do not copy batch file to output directory



    • Edited by singhhome Saturday, October 22, 2011 4:08 PM
    Saturday, October 22, 2011 3:59 PM


  • Hi Singhhome,


    Whether the file will be copied to output is defined in a  ItemGroup.  We can setup a condition for the such ItemGroup to control if the list of files should to be copied. You can unload the project and open the project file in the editor, and try to find the ItemGroup which represents the list of the files. The following sample demos a txt file to be copied depends on the definedconstants.


       <ItemGroup Condition="'$(DefineConstants)' == 'DEBUG;TRACE' ">

        <Content Include="TextFile1.txt">







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    • Marked as answer by singhhome Tuesday, October 25, 2011 5:37 PM
    Monday, October 24, 2011 6:28 AM