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Why can't I debug this interactively? #9

thejohnfreeman opened this issue Jul 6, 2019 · 1 comment


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commented Jul 6, 2019

I'm a Linux developer trying to set up a Windows container for building cross-platform C++. I have very little experience with Visual Studio, cmd, or PowerShell, but enough experience with Docker.

I've tried tailoring the installation command to select exactly the components I want, but it's not working. I can't even run the "built" image to debug; it fails to run, saying The system cannot find the path specified. I'm trying to build another image with everything but the installation command, so that I can launch it, run the command manually, and debug it. But not even that works! When I manually execute vs_buildtools.exe in a container, it returns immediately without doing anything. What is going on? I've tried a number of different Dockerfiles, but here is one:

ADD C:\TEMP\vs_buildtools.exe
> docker build . -m 2GB -t sandbox
> docker run --rm -it sandbox
> C:\TEMP\vs_buildtools.exe --quiet --wait --norestart --nocache --installPath VisualStudio --add 'Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.VCTools;includeRecommended'

I've tried with and without the --channelUri options. I've tried with and without install.cmd as given in the advanced instructions. I've tried with and without the "shell reset". None of it makes a difference.

@heaths heaths closed this Jul 8, 2019

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