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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Test Results

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What works

At least the compiler (cl.exe) and the linker (linker.exe). dumpbin.exe also seems to work fine.

These executables run, but I am not sure if they really work.


Passing the /c, /link /LIBPATH, /we[n], /E, /Zg, /Zs, /Fa, /Fm, /nologo, /WL, /showIncludes flags to cl.exe works.

Passing the /O1, /O2, /Os, /Ox, /Og, /Od, /Ot flags to cl.exe seems to work to, but wasn't tested extensively.

What does not

Compiling with debug info (/Zi) and linking with debug info (/DEBUG) as somebody else reported in the comments.

Compiling to CLR doens't work:

cl.exe /c /clr:pure main.cpp
Microsoft (R) C/C++ Optimizing Compiler Version 14.00.50727.42
fixme:mscoree:LoadLibraryShim (0x414b20 L"mscorjit.dll", (nil), (nil), 0x32fd84): semi-stub
for Microsoft (R) .NET Framework version 14.00.50727.42
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

fixme:mscoree:LoadLibraryShim (0x106f33a0 L"alink.dll", (nil), (nil), 0x32e7fc): semi-stub
main.cpp : fatal error C1108: unable to find DLL: 'alink.dll'
fixme:mscoree:CorExitProcess (2) stub


What was not tested

All the other flags...

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

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 
CurrentUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 13 20081.0-rc1No Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 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
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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