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I am using MS Developer Studio/VC++ Version 4.2.  I have a master
project/workspace that has two sub-projects that each build an executable.
Both of these sub-projects depend on a third sub-project that builds a DLL.
 When I 'Rebuild All', Developer Studio unnecessarily rebuilds the third
sub-project twice -- once for each of the first two sub-projects that
include it.  It shoud rebuild it once for the first sub-project and
recognize that it's already been rebuilt when it goes to build the second
sub-project.  Unfortunately, the third sub-project is large, so rebuilds
are not trivial in the first place.  I have simplified the problem to only
three projects, but in reality, there is a whole tree of dependencies and
sub-projects.  This means that the project at the bottom of the tree gets
rebuilt six or eight times during a single rebuild.  Is there a patch to
Developer Studio to remedy this?  Is there a workaround to avoid this
problem?  I tried adding the third project as a sub-project for ONE of the
other sub-projects, then including the .LIB file in the linking inputs for
the other project.  This is bad, because on a normal build, the second
project won't recognize that a .cpp file in the third project has changed
and needs built.  Any suggestions?
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Question by:dkgoblue
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by:isak
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Why are you using Rebuild, isn't it enoth to just Build?
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by:dkgoblue
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I am doing a 'Rebuild' because Developer Studio does not always recognize changes in ALL header dependencies (especially when there are nested includes) and, when DLLs external to the project are changed (i.e. they are built by a different project), often the only solution to get the current project and the rebuilt DLL to work together is a rebuild.  These are two examples, but I'm sure there are others my coworkers have come accross.
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kyeck earned 600 total points
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If your project(s) link with the dll, they are dependent on the library.  VC should detect when the library has changed (when you build the dll) and force the project(s) to relink.  If this doesn't occur, I would make sure that my library path in Options/Directories is set correctly and that I've updated the dependencies for all projects.

Hope that helps,
-Ken
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