October 22, 2021

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Ressources manipulation with ResGen.exe & AL.exe


– Assembly Linker (Al.exe) generates a file that has an assembly manifest from modules or resource files.

– A module does not have an assembly manifest.

– It embeds the resources into a satellite assembly.

– It takes the resources in .resources binary format.


– The input for Al.exe is generally plain text or XML-based resource files i.e. in .resx format.

– The resgen.exe is used to convert such resources to the .resource in binary format which makes them compatible with al.exe.

– The resgen.exe performs conversion of .txt /.restext files to .resources/.resx files and vice-versa.

– These (.resources/.resx) files can be embedded in a runtime binary executable or compiled into satellite assemblies.

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