Cargo build script library to handle compilation and inclusion of Windows resources

A Cargo build script library to handle compilation and inclusion of Windows resources in the most resilient fashion imaginable



In your build script, assuming the resource file is called checksums.rc:

Example: Embedding a Windows Manifest

Courtesy of @jpoles1.

The following steps are used to embed a manifest in your compiled rust .exe file. In this example the manifest will cause admin permissions to be requested for the final executable:

  1. Add the following to your cargo.toml:

  2. In your project root directory, add a file named with the following:

  3. In your project root directory, add a file named app-name-manifest.rc with the following:

  4. In your project root directory, add a file named app-name.exe.manifest with the following:

  5. Build your project!


In chronological order:

@liigo -- persistency in pestering me and investigating problems where I have failed

@mzji -- MSVC lab rat

@TheCatPlusPlus -- knowledge and providing first iteration of manifest-embedding code

@azyobuzin -- providing code for finding places where RC.EXE could hide

@retep998 -- fixing MSVC support

@SonnyX -- Windows cross-compilation support and testing

@MSxDOS -- finding and supplying RC.EXE its esoteric header include paths

@roblabla -- cross-compilation to Windows MSVC via LLVM-RC

Special thanks

To all who support further development on Patreon, in particular:

  • ThePhD
  • Embark Studios

Collection of the latest Issues



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I have two resource files

  • The first is used for tests and is on a library liba
  • The second is used for the production binary and is on the binary prodbin

The tests are in several libraries depending on liba

So I have something like:

Previously I could simply compile and due to the define order, it worked (I have a CI test for it): prodbin had its resources and everything else inherited liba's resources

I tried some fixes on my side in terms of file name and such, but nothing worked so I cannot updated to the new version 1.7.2. Using compile_for didn't work either.

Trying to detect to only build liba's resources when testing doesn't work because liba has no idea what it is built for (cargo does not give such information, to avoid dependencies affecting their build output based on the end product in hidden ways)



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In order for cargo to correctly rebuild when the manifest or resources change, you need to output cargo:rerun-if-changed. This needs to be output for both the resource script and the resources it embeds. Getting the list of resources might be a bit more tricky as it requires cooperation from the resource compiler similar to how you can request Makefile dependencies from gcc or parse cl output for includes.



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As of present, src/ has an enum Arch { X86, X64 }, and picks the latter iff $TARGET starts with x86_64.

I don't own an aarch64 platform, but if there is someone who does, it'd be lovely if they could figure out what the ??? in {HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Kits\Installed Roots}\bin\*\???\*.exe (find_windows_10_kits_tool()) is or send a PR :)


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