custom build rules files in Visual Studio 2012


Under Visual Studio 2008, once i selected a project, I could go to Project->Custom Build Rules and select a rule file.

In Visual Studio 2012, how is this done?  I can see Project->Build Customization. But i do not see any  .rules files here. Where are all the .rules files stored?

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the .rules files were replaced by another concept. see

the bottom-line answer is:

.rules is the file format used by Custom Build Rules in previous VS releases (VS2005 and VS2008). In VS2010, Custom Build Rules are superseeded by a more general extensibility point named Build Customizations. Build customizations are represented by at least one .targets file (generally a set of .props+.targets+.xml with the same name).

To ease the migration to the new VS2010 format, the solution conversion will transform any referenced .rules files in their equivalent .props/.targets/.xml: if you go throught the conversion process with any VS2008 project that uses the cuda.rules, after conversion you should see in the same folder with cuda.rules the new cuda.props, cuda.targets and cuda.xml

You can then use these files in other C++ projects as well, by right clicking on a project node in Solution Explorer, select Build Customization, click "Find Existing" and open the cuda.targets file.

Hope this helps,
Marian Luparu
Visual C++


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