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Versioning of executables at build time

, 19 Jun 2002
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A useful tool to incorporate version info during build time

Sample Image - rcversion.gif


While building a project, it is sometimes necessary to include the version information. It would be great if this can be implemented as a step in the build process. Here I have provided a tool to prompt the user when a build is done for all the relevant version information and then write this to the project's resource file.

Steps to do

The application is dialog based MFC application. On inputting the value for the projects resource file, the version info is read and displayed. One can modify these values and write it back to the resource file. To include this in your build process in MSDEV, perform the following steps

  • Go to the project settings
  • Choose all configurations
  • Select your resource file
  • Check on Always use custom build step in the General tab.
  • In the Custom build tab enter this in the command field. (without the line break)
  • $(ProjDir)\{your tools directory}\rcversion.exe $(InputPath) rc /l 
    0x409 /fo"$(OutDir)/$(InputName).res" /d "_DEBUG" /d "_AFXDLL" $(InputPath) 

    where {your tools directory} is where you have copied the rcversion.exe

The source code is self-explanatory. Basically, the resource file is read, parsed for the version info and replaced with the new values. One can also pass in command line parameter for the input resource file name in case you would want to use this tool in a standalone way. Because there is dependency in the project to the resource.res, the tool is run only once during fresh build( or rebuild all).


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srinivas vaithianathan
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Comments and Discussions

QuestionIt doesn't work in VC++ 6 Pinmemberbschorre31-Aug-05 0:30 
AnswerRe: It doesn't work in VC++ 6 PinsussAnonymous31-Aug-05 8:49 
GeneralInvoking exe files in c++ Pinmemberl_v_k22-Jan-04 20:44 
General>256 characters bug. PinmemberMattDodd1-Aug-03 3:48 
Generaluh-oh Pinmemberdog_spawn1-Aug-03 4:49 
GeneralRe: uh-oh PinmemberMattDodd1-Aug-03 5:20 
GeneralNice PinmemberBugra Barin27-Feb-03 20:21 
GeneralVisual Sourcesafe PinmemberArnt Witteveen25-Jun-02 8:08 
GeneralRe: Visual Sourcesafe Pinmembersrinivas vaithianathan25-Jun-02 8:23 
GeneralCrash! PinmemberMel24-Jun-02 0:14 
GeneralRe: Crash! Pinmembersrinivas vaithianathan24-Jun-02 8:31 
GeneralRe: Crash! PinmemberMel24-Jun-02 9:55 
GeneralRe: Crash! PinmemberArnt Witteveen25-Jun-02 8:11 
QuestionAuto-increment Build Number ? PinmemberAnonymous20-Jun-02 9:40 
AnswerRe: Auto-increment Build Number ? Pinmembersrinivas vaithianathan24-Jun-02 8:34 
AnswerRe: Auto-increment Build Number ? PinmemberScott McKenzie25-Jun-02 16:03 

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