RewriteFiles Utility

The Problem

This small commandline utility will solve a problem often found when moving Visual C++ projects between computers.

Often I need to take MSVC5 projects with me between different computers. But sometimes, when a project has been moved from one computer to another, strange thing will happen , when you try to compile it.
When the program has been compiled, and you try to execute it  - or for some reasons hit that ol' Build-button, the whole project will recompile, like every file has been changed. This will happen every time you try to compile, even if you do not change a single characte in your sourcefiles.

The problem has something to do with the filedates, that are improperly changed in some way.

The Solution
I have written a small commandline utility, that solves the problem. The only thing this program will do is to open all the original files, move them to another folder, and rewrite them in their original location.

I have not provided the sourcecode for this project, for two reasons:

  • The project is not a typical MFC program, eventhough classes and functions from MFC was used.
  • The sourcecode is really messy, and uncommented, and many of the functions are in small utillity files, I have collected for everyday tasks.

If, however, anybody should be interested in the sourcecode, please mail me, and I will send you a copy.

Usage
Rewritefiles.exe is extremely easy to use:

Fire up a DOS-Window or a NT-commandline, go to the directory with the project giving the problems, and write

Rewritefiles *.* c:\myprojects\project
Rewritefiles *.* c:\myprojects\project\res

Assuming, that your project is located in c:\myprojects\project, and you have some resource files in the subdirectory "res".

There are some other commandline options, that will be shown if you just write RewriteFiles on the commandline, without any parameters.

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Date Posted: 05/21/98