Visual Studio 2005: Build failed, 0 Errors
When compiling a VB.NET application using Visual Studio 2005, the
build failed "Build failed" with with 0 errors show.
Possible Causes and Remedy
This seems to be a bug in Visual Studio 2005. Typically this indicates
that there is an error on a page but the page isn't currently open and
the errors are not listed. Occasionally there are genuinely 0 errors and
the "Build Failed" message is wrong.
Things to try:
- Look on the "Output" tab, the cause of the error is
- If the project relies upon any libraries that are also Visual
Studio projects then try cleaning those and then doing a rebuild.
- Close down Visual Studio, then reopen Visual Studio and reopen
the project. Build the project again.
- Open each Web User Control in the project and view the source
code for a few seconds. This will give the environment time to flag
up errors in the code that it has been negligent in reporting on.
- If the project relies upon any libraries that are also visual
studio projects then try cleaning the solution (right click the
solution and select "clean solution") and then rebuild each library
individually one at a time, ending with the project that is giving
(but not showing) build errors.
When one of the above has been successful you will either see one or
more errors listed (most likely), or the project will show as "as "Build
These notes have been tested within Microsoft Visual Studio
.NET 2005 (with SP1) for .NET 2 running under Windows XP Professional and may apply
to other versions as well.
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