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Generate NMAKE Makefile from VC++ project?

Posted on 2009-03-30
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Last Modified: 2013-12-14
Is there a quick way to generate a valid makefile for nmake given an existing Visual C++ project? I'm using VS 2008.
Question by:mrjoltcola
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DanRollins earned 800 total points
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I beleive not.  VS6 had an "Export Makefile..." menu item, but Microsoft has changed to the MSBuild technique.
If all you want is a command-line way to do a build, you can use something like:
   MSBuild /target:Debug myproject.csproj
   MSBuild Reference
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DanRollins earned 800 total points
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From http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/msbuild/thread/7a572ada-edfc-4c85-ab35-0bdd5352b17c/
> In older VS versions, I could generate Makefiles from the project.

We cut this feature in VC7 because it was a bug farm and we couldn't get
it to work properly without fundamentally changing the feature. The more
I get feedback on this, though, the more I get convinced that may be
this was not the right decision :(

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itsmeandnobodyelse earned 1200 total points
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>>>> If all you want is a command-line way to do a build,

For VC compiling it is vcbuild and not msbuild (I hope they didn't change it from VS2005 cause I actually didn't use it for VS2008 projects til now).

You'll get the possible options by typing

   vcbuild /?

at the command prompt.
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ID: 24031722
The vcbuild is quite mighty and I didn't miss the nmake. In VC6 we were used to generate makefiles from dsp project files which indeed was a 'bug farm' and I was really happy when we ported to VC8 and vcbuild and dropped the OS/2 branch which was the major reason for using makefiles.
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ID: 24031779
Thanks guys, my main problem is maintaining this for open source projects. On UNIX I used to use autoconf, and it may very well support nmake, but I doubt it.

Secondly, trying to run vcvars32.bat to get the right environment involves either asking the user, or detecting it, so I am just trying to figure out the best approach.

It would seem someone would have written a tool, by now, to export a makefile.

Anyway, to the answers, vcbuild will do for now. I will just continue to maintain a separate makefile for UNIX, and possibly will write a Perl script to generate one from the project file at some point.

Points to both of you!
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>>>> I will just continue to maintain a separate makefile for UNIX

Yes, I did the same for a dll project at Windows/VC7 and AIX/xlC and - though I made the AIX makefile programatically by evaluating the source files from vcproj it actually was *not* a conversion of a vcproj to a unix makefile but something very much less, i. e. updating the list of source files in an existing unix make file. And I don't think that more is senseful.

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