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Web deployment project - config section replacement files

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I've added a web deployment project and want to use the config section
replacement but I'm obviously not understanding something.

I have set up an alternate appSettings file, test.appSettings.config, and
when I build the appSettings are correctly overridden, but I also end up with
a copy of test.appSettings.config in my web site. If I have config sections
for several environments they all get copied.

How do I stop the copy? I wondered if the file should be located within the
web deployment project but you can't add files to it.

What have I missed?
Thanks,
Andrew
Aug 31 '07 #1
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Hi Andrew,

From your description, you're using vs 2005/ASP.NET web deployment project
to precompile the web site project and wonder how to use the "section
replacement" feature and avoid letting the separate config section file be
copied to the compiled output folder, right?

Based on my research, the "section replacement" feature of WDP does support
you to supply a full qualified path instead a relative path(just simply the
filename). For example, you can use the following line to supply a separate
config file(in an external folder) in the WDP's section replacement setting
dialog:
>>>>>>>>>>
system.web/pages=e:\temp\mypages.config;
<<<<<<<

Thus, at runtime, the WDP will pickup the configuration setting from that
file (in the external dir) and replace the certain section with the content
in that file. Also, after the precompilation, that separate file (in
external folder) will not be copiled to the application's precompile output
directory. I've tested it on my local environment and it works well.

You can try it to see whether it fits your requirement and feel free to let
me know if you need any further help/

Sincerely,

Steven Cheng

Microsoft MSDN Online Support Lead

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Subject: Web deployment project - config section replacement files
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 01:20:00 -0700
>
I've added a web deployment project and want to use the config section
replacement but I'm obviously not understanding something.

I have set up an alternate appSettings file, test.appSettings.config, and
when I build the appSettings are correctly overridden, but I also end up
with
>a copy of test.appSettings.config in my web site. If I have config
sections
>for several environments they all get copied.

How do I stop the copy? I wondered if the file should be located within
the
>web deployment project but you can't add files to it.

What have I missed?
Thanks,
Andrew
Sep 3 '07 #2

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Thanks Steven,

I wanted to avoid a fully qualified path so I modified the wdproj file to
copy the external config file in from a relative path before the build, and
then delete the extra file after the build.

Cheers,
Andrew
Sep 3 '07 #3

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Thanks for your quick reply Andrew,

Yes, using post-build/pre-build events is a thorough solution as you can
freely do many custom tasks there. I haven't mentioned it eariler in case
you may look for a more direct and simple approach :)

Anyway, glad that you've find a workable approach, if you meet any new
problem need help, please feel free to post here.

Sincerely,

Steven Cheng

Microsoft MSDN Online Support Lead
This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

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>Subject: RE: Web deployment project - config section replacement files
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2007 00:52:00 -0700
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Thanks Steven,

I wanted to avoid a fully qualified path so I modified the wdproj file to
copy the external config file in from a relative path before the build,
and
>then delete the extra file after the build.

Cheers,
Andrew
Sep 3 '07 #4

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