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Build Execution

After you've set up a build you can run it either through the global tool or one of the installed bootstrapping scripts:

nuke [arguments]

This document discusses the default build arguments (also referred to as parameters). You will learn how to define custom parameters in a following chapter.


The global tool makes running builds a lot easier. Once you've configured the shell completion, you can enter arguments much faster and avoid any typos. It also allows you to run a build from anywhere below the root directory without having to go back to where the bootstrapping scripts are located.

Build Summary​

Once a build has finished running an execution plan, it will print a comprehensive summary with all involved targets, their outcome, duration, and additional metadata:

═══════════════════════════════════════ Target Status Duration ─────────────────────────────────────── Restore Succeeded 0:16 Compile Succeeded 0:59 // Version: 5.3.0-alpha.35 Test Succeeded 0:41 // Passed: 327, Skipped: 6 Pack Succeeded 0:10 // Packages: 4 ─────────────────────────────────────── Total 2:08 ═══════════════════════════════════════

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Invoking Targets​

You can invoke a single target or a set of targets either through positional or named arguments:

nuke <target> [other-targets...]

Passing targets as named arguments allows you to quickly overwrite the invoked targets without moving the caret to the front of a long invocation command.

Skipping Targets​

You can skip all or individual targets from the execution plan that are not specifically invoked:

nuke [targets] --skip

Skipping targets can greatly improve your troubleshooting experience. Irrelevant targets won't waste execution time, and there is no need to temporarily change dependencies between targets.

Aborting Builds​

At any moment during execution, you can hit Ctrl-C to abort the build with a SIGINT signal. Targets that were running at the time will be marked with the Aborted status:

Target Status Duration
Restore Succeeded 0:16
Compile Aborted 0:01
Pack NotRun
Total 0:17

Continuing Builds​

You can continue a failed or aborted build from the first point of failure:

nuke [arguments...] --continue

All previously succeeded targets will be skipped automatically, which can save a lot of unnecessary execution time:

Target Status Duration
Restore Skipped
Compile Succeeded 0:15
Pack Succeeded 0:05
Total 0:20

When you combine the --continue argument with the dotnet watch command, you can establish a very tight feedback loop while working on your target implementation. Just go to the build project directory and call:

dotnet watch run -- [arguments..] --continue

The state of the build instance is NOT serialized. I.e., if a succeeded target produced data for a failed target, that data won't be available during the continuation of the build.

Moreover, a build can only reliably continue when the invocation is the same as in the previous attempt. That means that you can only add the --continue switch but not change any other arguments. If this rule is violated, the build will start from the very beginning.

Help Text​

When you're coming back to a repository or build you haven't worked on in a while, you can bring up the integrated help text by calling:

nuke --help

This allows you to inspect all available targets with their direct dependencies as well as parameters with their descriptions:

Targets (with their direct dependencies):

Compile (default) -> Restore


--configuration Configuration to build - Default is 'Debug' (local) or
'Release' (server).

--continue Indicates to continue a previously failed build attempt.
--help Shows the help text for this build assembly.
--host Host for execution. Default is 'automatic'.
--no-logo Disables displaying the NUKE logo.
--plan Shows the execution plan (HTML).
--profile Defines the profiles to load.
--root Root directory during build execution.
--skip List of targets to be skipped. Empty list skips all
--target List of targets to be invoked. Default is 'Compile'.
--verbosity Logging verbosity during build execution. Default is

Execution Plans​

In order to get a better understanding of how your builds are structured, you can load a visual representation of the different execution plans by calling:

nuke --plan

Hovering a target will show its individual execution plan, that means, all targets that are going to be executed when one specific target is invoked. The style of an edge (solid/dashed/yellow) between two targets indicates their dependency relation (execution/ordering/trigger):

Visualizing Execution Plans


When no targets are hovered, the execution plan for the default targets is highlighted.