Visual studio 2019 - Publish to a folder does not publish all files

bdcoder

Using Visual Studio 2019 Community 16.3.6

I have a simple ASP.Net core 3.0 website project (mostly empty at this point), but I did add a web root folder (www) and a static index.html file within that folder, as shown below:

website0
 > www
   - index.html
 > Program.cs
 > Startup.cs

When I try to publish to a folder locally (as a test), for example, I specify the destination as:

D:\ws0

All of the required files are copied, EXCEPT for the "www" folder and any files within it.

Hence, when I run the project, I get 404 errors because the static files were NOT copied during the publish operation.

WHY????

Any advice would be appreciated.

bdcoder

Poking around in the documentation at:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/aspnet/core/host-and-deploy/visual-studio-publish-profiles?view=aspnetcore-3.0#folder-publish-example

I found this little tidbit:

When publishing ASP.NET Core web apps, the following assets are included:

- Build artifacts
- Folders and files matching the following globbing patterns:
  **\*.config (for example, web.config)
  **\*.json (for example, appsettings.json) wwwroot\**

Since I used "www" instead of "wwwroot", I suspect the "www" folder (and anything within) will NOT be copied.

SOLUTION:

1 - In Visual Studio, right-click on the project name, then click on "Edit Project File"

2 - Include the following entry in the {project-name}.csproj file:

<ItemGroup>
   <Include="www\**" CopyToPublishDirectory="Always"/>
</ItemGroup>

3 - Save the file.

When you setup a Publish profile, the "www" folder and anything beneath will be included.

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