Thursday, October 7, 2010

Use symbolic links to bridge the x86 / x64 development chasm

My main development machine is x86 but the developers who report to me are all running x64. (I haven't had time to rebuild my machine yet.) We're working on an internal administrative tool developed in Silverlight. We've recently started using a third party component that lives in the "Program Files (x86)" directory, which I don't have. The app won't compile for me. Oh, what to do?!?!

Subterfuge! (In the form of a symbolic link.)

mklink /D "Program Files (x86)" "C:\Program Files"

App now compiles. Problem solved.

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