The D program to launch doesn't exist in Visual Studio 2017

Rainer Schuetze r.sagitario at
Thu Nov 22 20:36:28 UTC 2018

On 22/11/2018 09:20, Roboticist wrote:
> On Thursday, 22 November 2018 at 06:58:11 UTC, Rainer Schuetze wrote:
>> On 21/11/2018 19:34, Roboticist wrote:
>>> I'm just trying to set up a community version of the Visual Studio
>>> 2017 on my x64 PC (Windows 10) to program in D based on dmd compiler.
>>> In particular, I can build my snippet, but running the code returns
>>> the following error:
>>> The program to lunch does not exist.
>>> Additionally, the output window of my Visual Studio returns this:
>>> Building Win32\Debug\Test.exe...
>>> OPTLINK (R) for Win32  Release 8.00.17
>>> Copyright (C) Digital Mars 1989-2013  All rights reserved.
>>> OPTLINK : Error 8: Illegal Filename
>>> ========== Build: 1 succeeded, 0 failed, 0 up-to-date, 0 skipped
>>> ==========
>>> My file name is just "Test.d", so I have know idea what it means by
>>> illegal file name.
>>> Does anybody know anything about this issue?
>> As Daniel already mentioned, it's probably something in a full path
>> that optlink does not like. You can see the executed commands in
>> Win32\Debug\Test*.cmd. The exact name depends on the used compilation
>> model.
>> You can switch to a more standard object file format and usage of the
>> Microsoft linker by enabling "MS-COFF" in the
>> Project->Compiler->Output options. Building for x64 always uses COFF
>> and the MS linker.
> Sorry if it's a stupid question, but there's no Compiler->Output option
> in the Project menu in the VS2017. Can you please indicate where I
> should apply the change?

I'm referring to the respective configuration page in the "project
properties". This assumes you have created a "Visual D project", not a
"Visual C++ project" with D support.

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