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Can't Generate Project Files for VS2019

Osman Zakir
I'm having trouble using CMake to generate solution and project files for Emscripten and Binaryen.  When I try to invoke it from the command line, I get this message:

"
cmake -G"Visual Studio 16 2019" -A Win64 -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="C:/Program Files/binaryen" -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ../
CMake Error at CMakeLists.txt:1 (PROJECT):​
  Failed to run MSBuild command:​
    C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio/2019/Community/MSBuild/Current/Bin/MSBuild.exe​
  to get the value of VCTargetsPath:​
    Microsoft (R) Build Engine version 16.0.461+g6ff56ef63c for .NET Framework​
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.​
    Build started 4/27/2019 5:48:57 PM.​
    Project "C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj" on node 1 (default targets).​
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\Community\MSBuild\Current\Bin\Microsoft.Common.CurrentVersion.targets(775,5): error : The OutputPath property is not set for project 'VCTargetsPath.vcxproj'.  Please check to make sure that you have specified a valid combination of Configuration and Platform for this project.  Configuration='Debug'  Platform='Win64'.  You may be seeing this message because you are trying to build a project without a solution file, and have specified a non-default Configuration or Platform that doesn't exist for this project. [C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj]​
    Done Building Project "C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj" (default targets) -- FAILED.​
    Build FAILED.​
    "C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj" (default target) (1) ->​
    (_CheckForInvalidConfigurationAndPlatform target) ->​
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\Community\MSBuild\Current\Bin\Microsoft.Common.CurrentVersion.targets(775,5): error : The OutputPath property is not set for project 'VCTargetsPath.vcxproj'.  Please check to make sure that you have specified a valid combination of Configuration and Platform for this project.  Configuration='Debug'  Platform='Win64'.  You may be seeing this message because you are trying to build a project without a solution file, and have specified a non-default Configuration or Platform that doesn't exist for this project. [C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj]​
        0 Warning(s)​
        1 Error(s)​
    Time Elapsed 00:00:00.20​
  Exit code: 1​
-- Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!​
See also "C:/binaryen/build/CMakeFiles/CMakeOutput.log".
"

Any help is appreciated.  Thanks.

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Re: Can't Generate Project Files for VS2019

Osman Zakir
I just tried to build Step 1 of the CMake tutorial that comes with the source code (CMake version 3.14.3), once with VS2019 as the generator and then again with VS2017 as the generator.  The latter worked fine but the former didn't.  I got the same error as mentioned in the initial message:

"
cmake -G"Visual Studio 16 2019" -A Win64 -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="C:/Program Files/binaryen" -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ../
CMake Error at CMakeLists.txt:1 (PROJECT):​
  Failed to run MSBuild command:​
    C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio/2019/Community/MSBuild/Current/Bin/MSBuild.exe​
  to get the value of VCTargetsPath:​
    Microsoft (R) Build Engine version 16.0.461+g6ff56ef63c for .NET Framework​
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.​
    Build started 4/27/2019 5:48:57 PM.​
    Project "C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj" on node 1 (default targets).​
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\Community\MSBuild\Current\Bin\Microsoft.Common.CurrentVersion.targets(775,5): error : The OutputPath property is not set for project 'VCTargetsPath.vcxproj'.  Please check to make sure that you have specified a valid combination of Configuration and Platform for this project.  Configuration='Debug'  Platform='Win64'.  You may be seeing this message because you are trying to build a project without a solution file, and have specified a non-default Configuration or Platform that doesn't exist for this project. [C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj]​
    Done Building Project "C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj" (default targets) -- FAILED.​
    Build FAILED.​
    "C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj" (default target) (1) ->​
    (_CheckForInvalidConfigurationAndPlatform target) ->​
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\Community\MSBuild\Current\Bin\Microsoft.Common.CurrentVersion.targets(775,5): error : The OutputPath property is not set for project 'VCTargetsPath.vcxproj'.  Please check to make sure that you have specified a valid combination of Configuration and Platform for this project.  Configuration='Debug'  Platform='Win64'.  You may be seeing this message because you are trying to build a project without a solution file, and have specified a non-default Configuration or Platform that doesn't exist for this project. [C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj]​
        0 Warning(s)​
        1 Error(s)​
    Time Elapsed 00:00:00.20​
  Exit code: 1​
-- Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!​
See also "C:/binaryen/build/CMakeFiles/CMakeOutput.log".
"

When I try to look at the .vcxproj file mentioned in the error, I see that it can't find VS2019 Build Tools even though I do have them.  I asked on MSDN forums but I don't have a reply there yet.  And I don't know how to fix the issue myself, either.

I would like for someone to please help me out with this.  Is there a way for me to fix this problem?  Like some sort of patch that can be added somewhere?  I installed the binary for CMake 3.14.3 initially and only got the source code to try out the tutorial as a test for CMake; I'm not planning to try and build CMake.  

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Re: Can't Generate Project Files for VS2019

Jano Svitok
Hi,

Use 'x64' as platform.

Jano

On Sun, Apr 28, 2019, 13:36 Osman Zakir <[hidden email]> wrote:
I just tried to build Step 1 of the CMake tutorial that comes with the source code (CMake version 3.14.3), once with VS2019 as the generator and then again with VS2017 as the generator.  The latter worked fine but the former didn't.  I got the same error as mentioned in the initial message:

"
cmake -G"Visual Studio 16 2019" -A Win64 -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="C:/Program Files/binaryen" -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ../
CMake Error at CMakeLists.txt:1 (PROJECT):​
  Failed to run MSBuild command:​
    C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio/2019/Community/MSBuild/Current/Bin/MSBuild.exe​
  to get the value of VCTargetsPath:​
    Microsoft (R) Build Engine version 16.0.461+g6ff56ef63c for .NET Framework​
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.​
    Build started 4/27/2019 5:48:57 PM.​
    Project "C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj" on node 1 (default targets).​
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\Community\MSBuild\Current\Bin\Microsoft.Common.CurrentVersion.targets(775,5): error : The OutputPath property is not set for project 'VCTargetsPath.vcxproj'.  Please check to make sure that you have specified a valid combination of Configuration and Platform for this project.  Configuration='Debug'  Platform='Win64'.  You may be seeing this message because you are trying to build a project without a solution file, and have specified a non-default Configuration or Platform that doesn't exist for this project. [C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj]​
    Done Building Project "C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj" (default targets) -- FAILED.​
    Build FAILED.​
    "C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj" (default target) (1) ->​
    (_CheckForInvalidConfigurationAndPlatform target) ->​
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\Community\MSBuild\Current\Bin\Microsoft.Common.CurrentVersion.targets(775,5): error : The OutputPath property is not set for project 'VCTargetsPath.vcxproj'.  Please check to make sure that you have specified a valid combination of Configuration and Platform for this project.  Configuration='Debug'  Platform='Win64'.  You may be seeing this message because you are trying to build a project without a solution file, and have specified a non-default Configuration or Platform that doesn't exist for this project. [C:\binaryen\build\CMakeFiles\3.14.3\VCTargetsPath.vcxproj]​
        0 Warning(s)​
        1 Error(s)​
    Time Elapsed 00:00:00.20​
  Exit code: 1​
-- Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!​
See also "C:/binaryen/build/CMakeFiles/CMakeOutput.log".
"

When I try to look at the .vcxproj file mentioned in the error, I see that it can't find VS2019 Build Tools even though I do have them.  I asked on MSDN forums but I don't have a reply there yet.  And I don't know how to fix the issue myself, either.

I would like for someone to please help me out with this.  Is there a way for me to fix this problem?  Like some sort of patch that can be added somewhere?  I installed the binary for CMake 3.14.3 initially and only got the source code to try out the tutorial as a test for CMake; I'm not planning to try and build CMake.  
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Re: Can't Generate Project Files for VS2019

Jano Svitok
On Sun, Apr 28, 2019 at 10:11 PM Osman Zakir <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> For VS2017 I'd do "-G"Visual Studio 15 2017 Win64"".  So for VS2019 it's "-G"Visual Studio 16 2019" -A x64"?  Kind of weird in my opinion.
 
Hi,

sorry for brevity, I was replying from a phone. I hope you got it working in the mean time.

Here is documentation for MS2017:
https://cmake.org/cmake/help/v3.14/generator/Visual%20Studio%2015%202017.html#platform-selection
Note that when you specify platform within generator name, you use Win64, but when using -A, you use x64.
For VS2019, you have to use -A with x64, no other choices.

Jano

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