How to generate makefiles in Visual Studio 2008


  • Hi,

    I can't find the "Export makefile" menu in VS 2008 (Orcas). I want to create makefiles so that I can use the nmake.

    Was this feature removed in Orcas?

    If so, I'm also open to using the devenv /build or the vcbuild method of building my solution from command line. But I would like to know the pros/cons of devenv/nmake.



    Tuesday, April 01, 2008 7:36 PM


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  • Do you really need it? Remember, you can compile a solution from the command line using "devenv". In my view, this is much easier to set up.

    Tuesday, April 01, 2008 8:32 PM
  • Hello Brian,

    I totally agree devenv is much easier to use, in fact I've already done a couple of builds using devenv from command line.

    But I just wanted to know for my knowledge if the "Export Makefile" feature has been removed?



    Tuesday, April 01, 2008 10:40 PM
  • I believe it has. I don't think VS 2003 or 2005 had it either IIRC.


    Wednesday, April 02, 2008 3:36 AM
  • I too am needing to export  a makefile for the purpose of porting to both linux and apple platforms.  The export feature seems to be missing in VS 2008.   This is very disappointing indeed.

    Sunday, February 19, 2012 2:29 PM