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Build Scripts

The Build page enables you to enter commands to build your project. You can use Enterprise Architect Local Paths and environment variables in composing your command line(s). You can choose to create your own build script, entering various shell commands. You can also choose to simply run an external program or batch file such as an Ant script.

Access Analyzer | Manage Analyzer Scripts (Shift+F12)

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Execute Command As:

Batch File

Use this option to create a shell script. The script is executed in a system command window. Environment variables can be accessed by commands in this script.


Use this option to run a single program.

The command should specify the path to the program, plus any command line arguments. If the path or arguments contain spaces surround them with quotes; for example: "c:\program files (x86)\java\bin\javac.exe"

Build Script

Write your script in the large text box, using the windows shell commands; the format and content of this section depends on the actual compiler you use to build your project. Here are some examples:

Visual Studio:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\" /Rebuild Debug RentalSystem.sln

Visual Studio using a Local Path:

"%VsCompPath%\devenv.exe" /build Debug Subway.sln


C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.6.0_22\bin\javac.exe" -g -cp "%classpath%;." %r*.java

Java using a Local Path:

"%JAVA%\bin\javac.exe" -g -cp "%classpath%;." %r*.java

Wildcard Java builds %r

Source files in sub folders can be built using the %r token. The token has the effect of causing a recursive execution of the same command on any files in all sub folders. See the example above.

Default Directory

The default directory path in which the build script process will run.

Parse Output

This enables you to select a method for automatically parsing the compiler output.

If you select this option, output from the script is logged in the System Output window; Enterprise Architect parses the output according to the syntax you specify.

Learning Center topics

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