Copy all files and folders using msbuild


Just wondering if someone could help me with some msbuild scripts that I am trying to write. What I would like to do is copy all the files and sub folders from a folder to another folder using msbuild.

                       |-----{about 5 sub dirs}

What I need to be able to do is copy all the files and sub folders from the tools folder into the debug folder for the application. This is the code that I have so far.

    <Viewer Include="..\$(ApplicationDirectory)\Tools\viewer\**\*.*" />

<Target Name="BeforeBuild">
    <Copy SourceFiles="@(Viewer)" DestinationFolder="@(Viewer->'$(OutputPath)\\Tools')" />

The build script runs but doesn't copy any of the files or folders.


Best Solution

I was searching help on this too. It took me a while, but here is what I did that worked really well.

<Target Name="AfterBuild">
        <ANTLR Include="..\Data\antlrcs\**\*.*" />
    <Copy SourceFiles="@(ANTLR)" DestinationFolder="$(TargetDir)\%(RecursiveDir)" SkipUnchangedFiles="true" />

This recursively copied the contents of the folder named antlrcs to the $(TargetDir).

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