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RE: Visual Studio Project Files

From: Pierre Joye <>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:28:04 +0200

On Apr 14, 2014 9:50 PM, "Steve Holme" <> wrote:

> I would be interested to know what the long term maintenance of such
project files might be - I'm not sure if I've missed something or I've not
thought things through fully (more than likely!) but I don't see an awful
lot of maintenance - I don't believe the existing VC6 and VC8 project files
require any maintenance.

Existing not, or almost not, new files, deprecated options, etc.

But it keeps growing, even more with the more frequent VS releases. I have
seen many projects moving away from project files because of these issues.
Mainly for make files or other build system.

> > I wonder if it would be better to focus on the makefiles and
> > document how to use visual studio with curl (lib and exe) instead.
> > It is relatively easy to generate project files using the PDB for
> > debugging purposes f.e.:
> I welcome any improvements to the existing documentation, but I must
admit I have very little makefile experience myself - and use Visual Studio
project files on a daily basis... having done so since v1.0 ;-)

It is very easy to use and allow one file to deal with all VC versions. Try
it :)

Integrating curl dev files in project is easy too.

> > Debugging an application relying on libcurl is even easier as it
> > only requires to add the PDB files to the settings.
> You are quite right...
> However, the main purpose of these files it to a) assist those users who
come here looking for project files because they want / need to compile
libcurl themselves - it hasn't been that many but I have emailed several
copies of these files out before deciding to add them to the repo b)
provide a quick and easy way to build libcurl (as different developers have
different compilation and linking requirements to some of the binaries that
are currently provided - be it different versions of OpenSSL, want WinSSL
or because they compile with third party libraries that dynamically link to
the MS runtime from older versions of Visual Studio and don't want the
headache of the different versions of those DLLs), c) hopefully encourage
more Windows developers to get involved with OpenSource and specifically
curl ;-) and finally rather selfishly, d) make my life easier - as I
currently have to keep these same files both locally for my own
contributions to curl as well as the ones at work!
> I currently don't automate any of that :(

On my todo, to provide snaps and other checks :)

> Kind Regards
> Steve
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