Check if you're seeing the following output in the build pane:

  Creating ".unsuccessfulbuild" because "AlwaysCreate" was specified.

I've just fixed a bunch of these errors in one of our solutions here and all of these were caused by one of two issues:

  • The project file referenced files that were no present in the source tree
  • A custom build step either was supposed to generate a file but didn't, or the file ended up in the wrong place

In order to find out if there are missing files that trigger the perma-rebuild, you'll also have to enable Visual Studio's debug output as described in this stackoverflow answer.

Another way to use Emacs to convert DOS/Unix line endings

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