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Cleaning a customer folder in Visual Studio project

I have a Plugins directory in a Visual Studio project. I would like to delete all files from it when I clean.

Here is how I did this:

  1. Edit the .csproj file.
  2. Add the following to the very bottom of the .csproj file, just above the terminating </Project> tag.
    <Target Name="afterClean">
    <FilesToDelete Include="Plugins\**\*"/>
    <Delete Files="@(FilesToDelete)" />
  3. Save the .csproj file.

That should do it.

Update 12/14/2016:
You should be aware that when doing a custom clean, that in Visual Studio choosing Clean and then Build in two steps is not the same as doing Rebuild.

Clean <-- Cleans all projects Build <-- Builds all projects Rebuild <-- For each project, clean the project, then rebuild the project.So Rebuild is a huge problem and here is why: Since my code is pretty decoupled, my plugins don't reference the project hosting the plugins. So there is not dependency to guarantee the plugin-hosting project cleans and builds first. So when running reubild, a plugin might clean and build and then copy its files to the plugin directory. This could happen before the plugin-hosting project cleans and builds. So you can imagine that once the plugin-hosting project cleans and builds, the newly copied plugin files are cleaned. To fix this, I had to manually add a dependency or just not use Rebuild.


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