How to get Visual Studio Unit Test to copy a file to the tests area? (which works when running/debugging)

BACKGROUND: I have a sqlite file that is marked as COPY in it's properties. When I debug my WinForms application in VS2008 (or run it) it does the right thing and copy it to the debug/run area.

QUESTION: When I run unit tests (using VS2008 unit tests) it is not performing this copy. Anyone know how to get this working? So that my sqlite database file will be copied across before VS2008 tries to run the unit tests

13.10.2009 23:34:32
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HitLikeAHammer 13.10.2009 23:39:10
or you could just add a post build event in debug mode doing the copy (probably not what you're looking for though...)
Locksfree 13.10.2009 23:59:11
I'm finding that my file is going to "Project1_UnitTests\bin\Debug" whereas the test is trying to find it under "TestResults\Username_PCName_datetime\Out"..???
Greg 14.10.2009 07:18:55

You must either docorate your test with the DeploymentItemAttribute or configure deployment using the .testrunconfig file.

See this answer for more details.

23.05.2017 11:50:41
add the DeploymentItem attribute to the test(s) in question
Greg 14.10.2009 07:40:08