Stopping the build after first (compilation) error in team build


Scenario -

We are building multiple solutions in our Team Build project file. We want to halt the build when the first compile error is encountered.




If you are building multiple solutions (sln's) and you encounter error in any sln, the build process will not stop after that sln and will continue to build the rest of solutions. The reason is that MSBuild task in core compile will be invoked for each solution specified in the item group due (@(SolutionToBuild))


To stop the build after getting the build break and not continue building rest of solutions, you need to make the following changes –

  • Modify the file Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.targets file to add the additional option of "StopOnFirstFailure" (specified by yellow text)


<!-- If user has not specified the option anything default behavior should be to build all slns -->



<!-- In target CORECLEAN -->




Properties="Configuration=$(FlavorToBuild); ..."

Targets="Clean" /> 

<!-- In target CORECOMPILE -->


Condition=" '@(SolutionToBuild)'!='' "




Targets="Build" />

  • Now if you want to stop the build in first failure, edit your build type (tfsbuild.proj) and override/redefine the property "StopOnFirstFailure" (specified by yellow text).






If you are building a solution with multiple projects (.xxproj's) and you encounter an error in first .csproj, then build will not stop immediately but will iterate over all the remaining projects (csproj). 




Comments (6)
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  4. roi says:

    "If you are building a solution with multiple projects (.xxproj’s) and you encounter an error in first .csproj, then build will not stop immediately but will iterate over all the remaining projects (csproj). "

    How can I make it to stop after the first compilation error?


    I am working with Visual Studio .NET 2003

    Thanks in advance,


  5. Rifaqat Ali says:


    I have create the new build type,after that i have compiled but compilation mesage is appeared as faild.i have open my new buid configuration file.

    >>>>>’SolutionToBuild’ has invalid element for namespace in,but configuration i need to resolve this issue.Please give me the solution.

    Please sent me solution regarding this issue on .

    Thanks & Regards

    Rifaqat Ali

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