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Breaking Custom Steps and Build Events into Multiple Tasks
Posted by Yoni Davidson, Last modified by Yoni Davidson on 29 January 2018 01:25 PM
Sometimes a custom build step, build event or a build tool can be further broken down to smaller tasks, and parallelized to achieve further acceleration.
This method can be used in Visual Studio versions 2010 and higher, and allows the distribution and parallelization of the contents of the build steps, on the process level.
This feature is only available in scenarios where:
Example 1: If within a custom step a user executes a complete Make command that builds a complete project, you can instruct IncrediBuild to highly accelerate your Make command execution by using the IncrediBuild Make and Build Tools package. Instead of treating the Make command as a single task, IncrediBuild will instead “break” this command to its sub-tasks and will execute the compilation in a parallel and distributed manner.
Example 2: In the case that you have a custom step, which has a tool that runs many rendering commands, you can use Profile XML not only to distribute the rendering but also to intercept the tool that spawns the rendering processes. In this case, you can expand IncrediBuild’s Profile XML, as described below, to control and also accelerate and distribute custom steps, rules, and events.
You can integrate Profile XML file into Visual Studio 2010 and later, provided that you have the appropriate package (Dev Tools (see IncrediBuild for Dev Tools) or Make and Other Build Tools (see IncrediBuild for Make and Other Build Tools)). Integrating Profile XML enables you to have complete control on the way IncrediBuild treats the custom tools.
By default, custom steps, exec tasks, and special build tools are not distributed to remote agents.
The following XML file instructs IncrediBuild to distribute every "gawk" task that is executed by the build. Note that even though the real file is "gawk.exe", we do not specify the file extension: