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How to make some of the Windows App.rc file a kind of more persistent? (Version section)

Posted on 2009-04-01
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Hi,

I am using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and its VC++ 9 to build the application. The App.rc resource file contains the VERSIONINFO section like this

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
//
// Version
//

VS_VERSION_INFO VERSIONINFO
 FILEVERSION 3,5,0,310
 PRODUCTVERSION 3,5,0,310
 FILEFLAGSMASK 0x3fL
#ifdef _DEBUG
 FILEFLAGS 0x29L
#else
 FILEFLAGS 0x28L
#endif
 FILEOS 0x4L
 FILETYPE 0x1L
 FILESUBTYPE 0x0L
BEGIN
    BLOCK "StringFileInfo"
    BEGIN
        BLOCK "000004b0"
        BEGIN
            VALUE "Comments", "The tool..."
            VALUE "CompanyName", "Company, ltd."
            VALUE "FileDescription", "TheApplication"
            VALUE "FileVersion", "3.5.0.310o6-mp1"
            VALUE "InternalName", "App"
            VALUE "LegalCopyright", "Copyright © 1993-2009"
            VALUE "OriginalFilename", "App.exe"
            VALUE "ProductName", "App 3"
            VALUE "ProductVersion", "3.5.0.310o6-mp1"
            VALUE "SpecialBuild", "o6-mp1"
        END
    END
    BLOCK "VarFileInfo"
    BEGIN
        VALUE "Translation", 0x0, 1200
    END
END

===================================================================================

... The application uses also version.inc file to capture the information about the version separately. The idea was change slightly its content...

#define APP_MAJORNUMBER          3
#define APP_MINORNUMBER          5
#define APP_MODIFICATIONNUMBER   0
#define APP_BUILDNUMBER        310
#define APP_BUILDEXT              "o6-mp1"
#define APP_DATEYEAR          2009
#define APP_DATEMONTH            3
#define APP_DATEDAY             31

... and use it directly for dynamic change of the App.rc file -- see the snippet below.

However, it is replaced again later by the above content when working with the App.rc file via tools in Visual Studio IDE (not touching the Version information in the resource editor). Do you know any way to solve the problem?

Thanks,
    Petr
/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

//

// Version

//
 

#include "version.inc"
 

#define STR(value) #value

#define STRINGIZE(value) STR(value)

#define APP_FULLVERSION_STR \

  STRINGIZE(APP_MAJORNUMBER) "." \

  STRINGIZE(APP_MINORNUMBER) "." \

  STRINGIZE(APP_MODIFICATIONNUMBER) "." \

  STRINGIZE(APP_BUILDNUMBER) \

  APP_BUILDEXT
 
 

VS_VERSION_INFO VERSIONINFO

 FILEVERSION APP_MAJORNUMBER,APP_MINORNUMBER,APP_MODIFICATIONNUMBER,APP_BUILDNUMBER

 PRODUCTVERSION APP_MAJORNUMBER,APP_MINORNUMBER,APP_MODIFICATIONNUMBER,APP_BUILDNUMBER

 FILEFLAGSMASK 0x3fL

#ifdef _DEBUG

 FILEFLAGS 0x29L

#else

 FILEFLAGS 0x28L

#endif

 FILEOS 0x4L

 FILETYPE 0x1L

 FILESUBTYPE 0x0L

BEGIN

    BLOCK "StringFileInfo"

    BEGIN

        BLOCK "000004b0"

        BEGIN

            VALUE "Comments", "The tool..."

            VALUE "CompanyName", "Company, ltd."

            VALUE "FileDescription", "TheApplication"

            VALUE "FileVersion", APP_FULLVERSION_STR

            VALUE "InternalName", "App"

            VALUE "LegalCopyright", "Copyright © 1993-" STRINGIZE(APP_DATEYEAR)

            VALUE "OriginalFilename", "App.exe"

            VALUE "ProductName", "App 3"

            VALUE "ProductVersion", APP_FULLVERSION_STR

            VALUE "SpecialBuild", APP_BUILDEXT

            VALUE "PrivateBuild", ""

        END

    END

    BLOCK "VarFileInfo"

    BEGIN

        VALUE "Translation", 0x0, 1200

    END

END

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Hi pepr,

you can try moving this code part from the '.rc' file to the '.rc2' file (if existing - if not you'll have to create and include one).

This '.rc2' file isn't touched by VS resource editors but is included while compiling resources.

Hope that helps,

ZOPPO

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Thanks, Zoppo, for your fast reaction. Should I include the App.rc2 file into App.rc? I have added the App.rc2 to the Resource Files section in the project. However, it seems to be ignored.
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Hi again,

so there wasn't a '.rc2' file? If so in the '.rc' file a entry needs to be added to TEXTINCLUDE 3 block.

You can do this automatically via the dialog 'Resource Includes' (in VS 2008 you can find it in the context menue of the 'App.rc' in the 'Resource View', in VS 6.0 you can find it in the 'View' menu, for other versions I don't exactly know).

In the dialog just add the include directive in the field 'Compile-time directives', i.e.:

> #include "App.rc2"

Maybe you need to check if you insert it in the correct place, there may exist some #ifdef/#endif pairs - best is to check if there's already included something and add your line directly below these ...

Hope that helps,

ZOPPO
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This was simply the excelent answer. Exactly what I hoped for. Thanks a lot. ;)
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You're welcome - I'm glad I could help.

Have a nice day,

best regards,

ZOPPO
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