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I have some third party libs which contain license files. These files don't get copied during publishing. So here's the question:

How do I tell vs2005 to copy a certain file to the debug output directory in an asp.net website ?

Alternatively, I can copy them in postbuild action, but I don't know the path variable of the temp-dir in which the application is compiled during debugging. So this would be accepted as answer too.
The main folder is:
C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\Temporary ASP.NET Files, but I need to get the whole path.

Thank you

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by:Carl Tawn
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Can you not simply include the licence file in yur project? Mark it as Content and have it copy to output.
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How do I do this in vs2005 ASP.NET?

In winforms its no problem, but I do not find this option in ASP.Net. Please see attached screenshot of property window when marking the file.
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What kind of project are you using Web Application or WebSite? There should be an Advanced section under the properties if it is a Web Application.
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by:Stephan_Schrandt
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Sorry I forgot to mention that I'm using a website.

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by:Carl Tawn
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In that case I would expect it to copy by default when you publish the site. If i create a new website, add a simple text file, and then publish, the text file goes with it.
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You are right. But try it with the .lic extension ;-)
Obviously there exists either an include or an exclude list for certain file types.
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Carl Tawn earned 2000 total points
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True, and there doesn't appear to be a way to modify it through the IDE.

If you add the following to the <compilation> section of web.config then it should work:

          <buildProviders>
            <remove extension=".lic" />
            <add extension=".lic" type="System.Web.Compilation.ForceCopyBuildProvider" />
          </buildProviders>

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Perfectly working. Thank you Carl.
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