Understanding Property Sheet In Visual Studio Project Management

Naive Editing Properties

The naive method to manage a Visual-Studio project for different configurations (configuration + platform, such as Debug+x64) is to modify values directly in the Property Editor for each configuration. The disadvantages are

  • duplication in multi-configurations, which is difficult to maintain the consistency.
  • difficult to apply to multiple users, or multiple similar projects.

The appropriated solution is to use customized property sheets, which support cascade overriding.

Two Ways to Access Property Editor

  • naive: from project explorer, you can access properties for different configurations
  • advanced: from property manager. Upper sheet in each configuration overrides values in lower sheet. For VS2015, the global sheets locate at <drive>\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft.Cpp\v4.0\V140, user sheets locates at <userprofile>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\MSBuild\v4.0. User sheets are obsolete, thus should be avoid to use (recommend to delete them from projects).


In the Property Manager, you can create/add any user custom property sheets at project level (that applies to all configuration) or at specified configuration.


Project Property Sheet

Custom property sheets are saved in stand-alone XML files (for example, MyProps4All.props), instead of project files (.vcxproj). The advantage of stand-alone property sheet files is that they can be shared by different projects and configurations via importing.

The property inheritance (or override order) is

  1. Default settings from the MSBuild CPP Toolset (..\Program Files\MSBuild\Microsoft.Cpp\v4.0\Microsoft.Cpp.Default.props, which is imported by the .vcxproj file.)
  2. Property sheets
  3. .vcxproj file. (Can override the default and property sheet settings.)
  4. Items metadata





Find DLL/SO of an Executable

On Linux


ldd – print shared library dependencies

$ cat hello.cpp
#include <iostream>
int main()
        std::cout << "Hello, world!" << std::endl;         return 0;
$ g++ -o hello hello.cpp $ ldd -v hello
        linux-vdso.so.1 =>  (0x00007fffb0bfd000)
        libstdc++.so.6 => /usr/lib64/libstdc++.so.6 (0x0000003964a00000)
        libm.so.6 => /lib64/libm.so.6 (0x000000395e600000)
        libgcc_s.so.1 => /lib64/libgcc_s.so.1 (0x0000003964200000)
        libc.so.6 => /lib64/libc.so.6 (0x000000395e200000)
        /lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 (0x000000395de00000)

        Version information:
                libc.so.6 (GLIBC_2.2.5) => /lib64/libc.so.6
                libstdc++.so.6 (CXXABI_1.3) => /usr/lib64/libstdc++.so.6
                libstdc++.so.6 (GLIBCXX_3.4) => /usr/lib64/libstdc++.so.6
                ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 (GLIBC_2.3) => /lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2
                libgcc_s.so.1 (GCC_4.2.0) => /lib64/libgcc_s.so.1
                libgcc_s.so.1 (GCC_3.3) => /lib64/libgcc_s.so.1
                libgcc_s.so.1 (GCC_3.0) => /lib64/libgcc_s.so.1
                libc.so.6 (GLIBC_2.3.2) => /lib64/libc.so.6
                libc.so.6 (GLIBC_2.4) => /lib64/libc.so.6
                libc.so.6 (GLIBC_2.3) => /lib64/libc.so.6
                libc.so.6 (GLIBC_2.2.5) => /lib64/libc.so.6
                libc.so.6 (GLIBC_2.2.5) => /lib64/libc.so.6
                libc.so.6 (GLIBC_2.4) => /lib64/libc.so.6
                libc.so.6 (GLIBC_2.2.5) => /lib64/libc.so.6
                ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 (GLIBC_2.3) => /lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2
                ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 (GLIBC_PRIVATE) => /lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2


locate – locate reads one or more databases prepared by updatedb(8) and writes file names matching at least one of the PATTERNs to standard output, one per line.

By default, locate does not check whether files found in database still exist; locate can never report files created after the most recent update of the relevant database.


Process Monitor

Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity.

  • More data captured for operation input and output parameters
  • Non-destructive filters allow you to set filters without losing data
  • Capture of thread stacks for each operation make it possible in many cases to identify the root cause of an operation
  • Reliable capture of process details, including image path, command line, user and session ID
  • Configurable and moveable columns for any event property
  • Filters can be set for any data field, including fields not configured as columns
  • Advanced logging architecture scales to tens of millions of captured events and gigabytes of log data
  • Process tree tool shows relationship of all processes referenced in a trace
  • Native log format preserves all data for loading in a different Process Monitor instance
  • Process tooltip for easy viewing of process image information
  • Detail tooltip allows convenient access to formatted data that doesn’t fit in the column
  • Cancellable search
  • Boot time logging of all operations