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A while ago i was wondering how the name of an embedded resource is generated in a C# project. Earlier today i was looking in Microsoft.CSharp.targets and found the answer

The CreateManifestResourceNames target create the manifest resource names from the .RESX files.

[IN] @(ResxWithNoCulture) - The names the non-culture .RESX files. @(ResxWithCulture) - The names the culture .RESX files. @(NonResxWithNoCulture) - The names of the non-culture non-RESX files (like bitmaps, etc). @(NonResxWithCulture) - The names of the culture non-RESX files (like bitmaps, etc).

[OUT] @(ManifestResourceWithNoCultureName) - The corresponding manifest resource name (.RESOURCE) @(ManifestResourceWithCultureName) - The corresponding manifest resource name (.RESOURCE) @(ManifestNonResxWithNoCulture) - The corresponding manifest resource name. @(ManifestNonResxWithCulture) - The corresponding manifest resource name.

For C# applications the transformation is like:

Resources1.resx => RootNamespace.Resources1 => Build into main assembly SubFolder\Resources1.resx => RootNamespace.SubFolder.Resources1 => Build into main assembly Resources1.fr.resx => RootNamespace.Resources1.fr => Build into satellite assembly Resources1.notaculture.resx => RootNamespace.Resources1.notaculture => Build into main assembly

For other project systems, this transformation may be different.

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