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Wolfgang 05-06-2016 03:46 AM

Visual Build seems to pick up the wrong Visual Basic compiler
Hello Forum,

just moved to a new machine and a new version of Visual Studio (from 2013 to 2015) and upgraded from Visual Build 8 to Visual Build 9.2.
Still running on Windows 7 Pro 64 bit.

Having moved to a new version of VB.Net, I would like to use some of the nice new features, like the null propagation operator.
Building in VS 2015 works fine.
The code works, I can debug, etc...

But when I build using Visual Build I get errors, like:
error BC36637: The '?' character cannot be used here.

The project is a desktop project (WPF library) targeting the .Net framework 4.5.

I've searched a bit and found these two discussions:

Therefore I added 14 to the vbproj file.
But that generates a different error when building from Visual Build:
vbc : Command line error BC2014: the value '14' is invalid for option 'langversion'

When I set 11.0, Visual Studio also shows
error BC36637: The '?' character cannot be used here
=> the property works correctly.

I noticed that Visual Build calls...
C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\Vb c.exe

While the VS2015/VB.Net14 compiler is seemingly stored in:
c:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\14.0\Bin\Vbc.exe

So it looks to me as if Visual Build picks up the wrong VB compiler for building VS 2015 projects.

Any ideas how to work around this?



Windows 7 Pro, 64 bit
VS 2015 Community Edition
Desktop Project, .Net Framework 4.5
Visual Build 9.2

Wolfgang 05-06-2016 06:40 AM

Workaround - use Run Program to run devenv.exe
Hi again,

the workaround which I'm now using is to run devenv.exe:

I've modified the original build step to only update the project properties, inserted a step to clean the project, just to be sure, and inserted the 'Run Program' action.

Easier/better workarounds - or even a proper solution - are very welcome.

Nice weekend


kinook 05-06-2016 07:49 AM

See the second paragraph of

Wolfgang 05-08-2016 11:43 AM

Thanks for the fast reply.

Specifying the exact MSBuild version solved my problem.



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