Visual C++

Visual Studio 8 command line C++ compiler and linker.

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Application Details:

Version: 8.0 (2005)
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.35

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Free Download XPSP2 PSDK Full Download with Local Install containing VC++ commandline tools

Test Results

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What works

The compiler just seems to work. I've tested compilation of some C and C++ files and they work fine. They only thing needed was copying the Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Visual\ Studio\ 8/VC/ subdirs: bin, include and lib.

And Executing it through a little script made it easier:

wine "c:/Program Files/Microsoft Visual Studio 8/VC/bin/cl.exe" /I"c:/Program Files/Microsoft Visual Studio 8/VC/include" $@ /link /LIBPATH:"c:/Program Files/Microsoft Visual Studio 8/VC/lib"≠

What does not

I tried to get it working from the mounted Windows partition but this failed as it couldn't find various files.


What was not tested

I haven't tried installing Visual Studio through the actual installer as I had seen bad reports about this and furthermore, because it occupies way to much space. And finally, because I only want to use it on the commandline (and maybe integrated in buildscripts).

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

As the C++ compiler and linker seem to be working perfectly without actual modifications, I frankly would prefered to have given it a higher rating. But, as I haven't tried the installer and I haven't tried all the tools yet, I have tried to temper my enthousiasm a bit :) Still, I hadn't expected this to work, reading the other's reports.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 05 20101.1.35Yes Yes GoldDan Kegel 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 13 20081.0-rc1No Yes Goldan anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 25 20070.9.46.N/A Yes Goldan anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
61 winemaker: Add support for the Visual C++ project files CLOSED FIXED View
14168 visual studio 2005 installer too slow, msi O(n^2) behavior? CLOSED FIXED View
17096 Visual C++ 2005 Trial can't build project, complains when starting mspdbsrv CLOSED FIXED View
19691 Visual C++ 2005 Express: can't uninstall or reinstall CLOSED FIXED View
21031 Visual C++ 2005 Trial can't build project, deadlocks, heap corruption? NEW View
21259 Visual C++ 2005 Trial build hangs on first run after a reboot NEW View
21423 Visual C++ 2005 slow? NEW View
36750 Visual C++ 2005 Trial build fails very early NEW View
37375 Visual C++ 2005 Express SP1 install fails NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


­Make sure you operate on a clean WINEPREFIX (~/.wine)!

Download the full PSDK into temp folder as follows:

$ for ((i=1; i<=10; i++)) ; do wget$ ; done
$ wget
$ wget

Run the supplied batch file to extract all cabinets to temp PSDK install folder:

­$ wine start.exe PSDK-FULL.bat "C:\psdktemp"

Execute the installer from "C:\psdktemp" folder

$ wine ./setup.exe­

Installing components action takes a considerable time (consuming 100% CPU)

This is bug 14168. The installer takes a considerable when the Installing components action is processed on install page. Depending on machine speed it takes 5-10 minutes until it really begins to copy files.

Wine's msi component executes large table joins which causes this performance hit (CPU usage 100% for long time). Just be patient.


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