Thursday, November 9, 2006

MSBuild: Read and Write from a File to a Variable

[This was originally posted at]

MSBuild lets you easily read and write values from files into variables. While you could write your own custom tasks to do this, MSBuild provides out-of-the-box functionality with the ReadLinesFromFile and WriteLinesToFile tasks.

You can read from a file into a variable:

    <ReadLinesFromFile File="Version.txt">
      <Output TaskParameter="Lines"
        PropertyName="Prop1" />

This will store the contents of the file "Version.txt" in a dynamically created property "Prop1".

You can also write to files:

      <WriteLinesToFile File="myFile.txt" Lines="This is a test value." Overwrite="false" />
      <WriteLinesToFile File="myFile.txt" Lines="A second line." Overwrite="false"

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