Urgent reated to MSBuild and publishing of web application projects

Posted on 2008-10-14
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Last Modified: 2013-11-26
Hi All,

I have a solution in VS.net 2008 which contains approx. 5-6 web application projects. I want to publish the web application project using command line. I can successfully build the project in debug and release mode using MSBuild but not able to publish it (mimic the publish feature in iDE). I tried to use the following command:

msbuid  c:\projectpathforcsprojfile /target:publish /property:OutDir=c:\deployPath\

After running this command, I got the following output:

Build started 15/10/2008 2:44:23 PM.
Project "project name with path.csproj" on node 0 (publish target(s)).
  Skipping unpublishable project.
Done Building Project "project name with path.csproj"
publish target(s)).

Build succeeded.
    0 Warning(s)
    0 Error(s)

Can someone help me with this....
Question by:RohitGupta2008
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apeter earned 400 total points
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Looks like we can not publish using MSBuild. More information in below link.

You can publish to a local computer from the IDE but not to another computer due to permission problems.

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I have already seen hundreds of similar kin do of blogs discussing the same issue but everyone just explains it with IDE as the only solution to publish web application projects. Therefore, I posted the question here.

I am still not sure how you can do it. If someone know then please help me out with this. I am really stuck at this point.

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RohitGupta2008 earned 0 total points
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Great...I found the better solution, checkout


I also worked around the problem but with the different approach....here is the code snippet that you can use to deploy the Web application project from command line.

First run the following command on the visua studio command line ad it will deploy the WAP at the specified location (without the sources code files which is what we want)

MsBuild /p:Configuration=Release /t:_CopyWebApplication /p:OutDir=C:\DeployPath\ /p:WebProjectOutputDir=C:\DeployPath\ /p:ReferencePath="referenceToAllAssembiesUsedInTheProjectSeperatedbySemiColon" PathOfTheWAP.csproj

This command will deploy your WAP into the DeployPath dir but if you look at the bin directory there you will not find any referenced assembilies dll. To do this, run the next command as follows(checkout ResolveReferences in the following command):

MsBuild /p:Configuration=Release /t:ResolveReferences /p:OutDir=C:\DeployPath\bin /p:ReferencePath="referenceToAllAssembiesUsedInTheProjectSeperatedbySemiColon" PathOfTheWAP.csproj


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no objection....question resolved

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