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Export a Makefile from command line ?

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I would like to completely automate the build of many
VC++ DevStudio projects.  The "Export Makefile" command
inside of DevStudio is great, but I want to completely
automate with a batch file.  Is there any way to create
a makefile for a project from the command line?

Thanks,
Dave
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This is an answer to the intent rather than the exact method you propose.

1. Rely on Visual C++ writing out the correct make file.  Tools/Options/Build - you can check the box to export the make file whenever you save your project.  Do so.  


2. In each project sub-directory you will then have a MAKE file which builds than project.

Say you have

\MYWORK\A containing a project.  The Make File will be A.MAK
\MYWORK\B containing a 2nd project.  The Make File will be B.MAK

3. Build a master make file (manually) in the directory above (for example).  You can then list the dependencies for each project, the targets and the make command, for example

\MYWORK\A\RELEASE\A.EXE : \MYWORK\A\A.CPP \MYWORK\A\A.RC \MYWORK\A\A.H \MYWORK\A\A.MAK
   CD A
   NMAKE -F A.MAK
   CD ..

Invoke the master make from the command line.


The key is tip #1.  Rely on visual studio outputting the correct make file automatically.  There is no command line way to get it to spit out the make file "on demand".


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>The key is tip #1.  Rely on visual studio outputting the correct >make file automatically.  There is no command line way to get it >to spit out the make file "on demand".

I was hoping there was a way around this since the developers
of the individual pieces typically don't use makefiles.
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I had the same problem on a large system I was developing/leading.

Get all developers to check the Export option (not too much work for them) and keep to your defined directory structure.

Once I had this in place, we set up nightly builds, automated creation of installation images, and nightly auto tests.  Developers soon saw the benefit of this...
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