Web Deployment Project fails without errors

We are experiencing one odd issue in our development server, web deployment project build fails but the there are no errors in visual studio's errors list, and the output shows only:

Done building project "XXXX.csproj_deploy.wdproj".
========== Rebuild All: 6 succeeded, 1 failed, 0 skipped ==========

There seem to be other reports of the same issue. The workaround that seems to work is compiling from command line with msbuild /p:Configuration=Release path\XXXX.csproj_deploy.wdproj

In this way the project builds successfully, but is still not a solution.

Has anyone experienced something similar? Any other workaround you know about? 


  • I have received this error before and I've found that I had to shut down all instances of Casini. You might need to check your running processes for all instances of WebDev.WebServer.EXE. I sometimes have an instance that's hanging.

  • Have you tried changing the build output verbosity settings in Visual Studio? In VS05 it is found under Tools >> Options >> Projects and Solutions >> Build and Run >> MSBuild project build output verbosity. Try setting to "detailed" or "diagnostic".

  • Try building your project in verbose mode. It might give you more details as to why the build failed.

    Tools - Options - Project and Solutions - Build and Run

  • Oh I have had this before - cant remember the exact way I fixed this but try Clean Solution and also check the output window after/during the build of the web deployment project.

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