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Stop automatically messing with my solution configurations and platforms

Every single time I add a project to a solution, Visual Studio "helpfully" adds to the solution every configuration it finds in the project.

Every single time the project has a platform that the solution doesn't, Visual Studio "helpfully" creates the missing solution platform and also, most annoyingly, "Mixed Platforms".

PLEASE leave them alone. I set them up how I like and I'd like them to stay that way.

Example use case #2:

I create a new project (defaults to x86) and add a Util library (AnyCPU). Wham, I'm only 5 seconds into a new project and I already have to clean up "AnyCPU" and "Mixed Platforms" from my solution platforms.

Example use case #1:

A library project has four configurations: Debug, Release, DebugWithFeatureX, ReleaseWithFeatureX. I add this to a project that has existed for years. The configurations "*WithFeatureX" only make sense for the library; the project is supposed to choose one of them and stick with it.

Instead, the users of the library are forced to clean up these never-watned configurations.

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  • Shaun Hayward commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is SOOOO frustrating. Please! Microsoft! This little thing is wasting my time and demoralizing me. Enough! AnyCPU needs to sod off and not keep coming back. I'm sick of going through Configuration Manager every time I have to add a new project. Sick to death!

  • Johannes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hear hear!

    I've resorted to adding a custom build step in TeamCity which will fail the build if someone mistakenly checks in changes to the solution configuration...

  • Darth Morley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    At least set the edit list of configurations to allow Ctrl or Shft multi selection so I can bulk remove them after you create them. My library has 12 build configurations, 6 debug and 6 release for different versions of the DLL of an API I connect to, At the moment I spend a minute or so clicking one config at a time and then clicking remove. It's painful

  • Jeff Hotchkiss commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Very frustrating that years later, Microsoft still think they know better than the users of their products and keep resolving the bulk of these requests as 'by design'.

    I don't want this behaviour. It's never been useful. At least let users turn it off! If I've configured my solution configurations just so, I HAD A REASON FOR DOING SO - that's what the word configuration means! Breathing near configuration settings should not cause this endless addition & deletion cycle.

    Creating Any CPU configurations that then fail to even load (because a bunch of targets use $(Platform) and 'Any CPU' isn't one of them) isn't helpful. Mixed Platforms has never worked - I don't even know what it's trying to do, but it does it badly; the resulting solution always fails to build properly.

  • Mark Williams commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    6 years since the original suggestion, and this is still an issue that has not been resolved. Project configurations and Solution configurations are different things - adding an existing project to an existing solution should not create any new configurations at all.

  • JoelC commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I wish we could merge all of these configuration requests, because this is an important issue for me and they are spread over 6+ suggestions here.

    See "Fix Build Configuration Management in VS 11" for more information.

  • Hired Mind commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I manage WPF compositing through IoC Container modules, and have a different set of screens, contained in an Assembly, for every "role" (user, admin, etc), that are created. It makes it very easy to manage all those screens.

    But since I have dozens and dozens of DLLs, and create/abandon them on a regular basis, this problem is driving me absolutely BATTY!

    Visual Studio, please, when I add a new class library project, just ASK me what configurations I want you to build it in. I'd be happy to tell you. Don't create your own!

    Inevitably it makes builds take longer (b/c it's building all projects, including all installers, etc), and makes me spend time chasing down problems that aren't really problems at all. This has probably cost us hundreds of hours over the years. (YEARS!)

    Microsoft, please stop, take a breather from adding snazzy new features, and fix some of these usability problems. This one has been in the product at least as far back as Visual Studio 2010.

  • David W Parvin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have the problem of when I add a brand new project to a solution, it does not get all of the solution's configurations and platforms. The new project has a default set and most have nothing to do with what I do all the time. When I go to try to add the configuration/platform to the project, it tells me that I can't because the solution already has that configuration. To get it set in a new project, I have to remove the configuration/platform from the solution and add it back in. Then I have to undo the checkout of all the other projects and now I can continue working.

  • Rafael Rivera commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Oh god, yes. I feel like a maid having to clean up after Visual Studio every time I want to share my solution set/code with someone.

  • Garrett Serack commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Variations on this bug have irritated me for *years* with Visual Studio--it creating solution platforms that I didn't ask or want (most notably 'Mixed Platforms' ).

    I've even given thought to creating a plugin called "No-means-no", but it appears that there isn't any programmable interface to delete unwanted solution platforms in the model.

    I deal with a ton of projects that don't have this, don't use this, and don't want this, and I spend a non-trivial amount of time correcting for this.

  • James commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Odd... I have the exact OPPOSITE problem!! Every time I add a new project, I have to go in and manually create the solution configurations for it, clicking '<new>' for each configuration, then '<new>' for each platform... for all combinations. Oh, and I have to manually set the project to compile with the rest of the solution???

    Please tell me how to get to your problem! : P

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