AspNetCompiler task

The AspNetCompiler task wraps aspnet_compiler.exe, a utility to precompile ASP.NET applications.

Task parameters

The following table describes the parameters of the AspNetCompiler task.

Parameter Description
AllowPartiallyTrustedCallers Optional Boolean parameter.

If this parameter is true,, the strong-name assembly will allow partially trusted callers.
Clean Optional Boolean parameter

If this parameter is true, the precompiled application will be built clean. Any previously compiled components will be recompiled. The default value is false. This parameter corresponds to the -c switch on aspnet_compiler.exe.
Debug Optional Boolean parameter.

If this parameter is true, debug information (.PDB file) is emitted during compilation. The default value is false. This parameter corresponds to the -d switch on aspnet_compiler.exe.
DelaySign Optional Boolean parameter.

If this parameter is true, the assembly is not fully signed when created.
FixedNames Optional Boolean parameter.

If this parameter is true, the compiled assemblies will be given fixed names..
Force Optional Boolean parameter

If this parameter is true, the task will overwrite the target directory if it already exists. Existing contents are lost. The default value is false. This parameter corresponds to the -f switch on aspnet_compiler.exe.
KeyContainer Optional String parameter.

Specifies a strong name key container.
KeyFile Optional String parameter.

Specifies the physical path to the strong name key file..
MetabasePath Optional String parameter.

Specifies the full IIS metabase path of the application. This parameter cannot be combined with the VirtualPath or PhysicalPath parameters. This parameter corresponds to the -m switch on aspnet_compiler.exe.
PhysicalPath Optional String parameter.

Specifies the physical path of the application to be compiled. If this parameter is missing, the IIS metabase is used to locate the application. This parameter corresponds to the -p switch on aspnet_compiler.exe.
TargetFrameworkMoniker Optional String parameter.

Specifies the TargetFrameworkMoniker indicating which .NET Framework version of aspnet_compiler.exe should be used. Only accepts .NET Framework monikers.
TargetPath Optional String parameter.

Specifies the physical path to which the application is compiled. If not specified, the application is precompiled in-place.
Updateable Optional Boolean parameter.

If this parameter is true, the precompiled application will be updateable. The default value is false. This parameter corresponds to the -u switch on aspnet_compiler.exe.
VirtualPath Optional String parameter.

The virtual path of the application to be compiled. If PhysicalPath specified, the physical path is used to locate the application. Otherwise, the IIS metabase is used, and the application is assumed to be in the default site. This parameter corresponds to the -v switch on aspnet_compiler.exe.

ToolTaskExtension parameters

This task inherits from the ToolTaskExtension class, which inherits from the ToolTask class, which itself inherits from the Task class. This inheritance chain adds several parameters to the tasks that derive from them.

The following table describes the parameters of the base classes:

Parameter Description
EchoOff Optional bool parameter.

When set to true, this task passes /Q to the cmd.exe command line such that the command line does not get copied to stdout.
EnvironmentVariables Optional String array parameter.

Array of pairs of environment variables, separated by equal signs. These variables are passed to the spawned executable in addition to, or selectively overriding, the regular environment block.
ExitCode Optional Int32 output read-only parameter.

Specifies the exit code that is provided by the executed command. If the task logged any errors, but the process had an exit code of 0 (success), this is set to -1.
LogStandardErrorAsError Option bool parameter.

If true, all messages received on the standard error stream are logged as errors.
LogStandardErrorAsError Optional bool parameter.

If true, all messages received on the standard error stream are logged as errors.
StandardErrorImportance Optional String parameter.

Importance with which to log text from the standard out stream.
StandardOutputImportance Optional String parameter.

Importance with which to log text from the standard out stream.
Timeout Optional Int32 parameter.

Specifies the amount of time, in milliseconds, after which the task executable is terminated. The default value is Int.MaxValue, indicating that there is no time out period. Time-out is in milliseconds.
ToolExe Optional string parameter.

Projects may implement this to override a ToolName. Tasks may override this to preserve the ToolName.
ToolPath Optional string parameter.

Specifies the location from where the task loads the underlying executable file. If this parameter is not specified, the task uses the SDK installation path that corresponds to the version of the framework that is running MSBuild.
UseCommandProcessor Optional bool parameter.

When set to true, this task creates a batch file for the command line and executes it by using the command-processor instead of executing the command directly.
YieldDuringToolExecution Optional bool parameter.

When set to true, this task yields the node when its task is executing.

Example

The following code example uses the AspNetCompiler task to precompile an ASP.NET application.

<Project xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003">
    <Target Name="PrecompileWeb">
        <AspNetCompiler
            VirtualPath="/MyWebSite"
            PhysicalPath="c:\inetpub\wwwroot\MyWebSite\"
            TargetPath="c:\precompiledweb\MyWebSite\"
            Force="true"
            Debug="true"
        />
    </Target>
</Project>

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