CLion 2020.3 - Visual Studio Build Tools link error

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I have recently encountered an issue where I get loads of errors when CMake does a basic compiler check.

The errors are as follows:

"C:\Program Files\JetBrains\CLion 2020.3.2\bin\cmake\win\bin\cmake.exe" -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug "-DCMAKE_C_COMPILER=C:/Program Files/LLVM/bin/clang-cl.exe" "-DCMAKE_CXX_COMPILER=C:/Program Files/LLVM/bin/clang-cl.exe" -DCMAKE_C_FLAGS=-m64 -DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS=-m64 -G "CodeBlocks - NMake Makefiles" D:\ASGE-Repositories\asgenetgame-team-11
-- The CXX compiler identification is Clang 11.0.0 with MSVC-like command-line
-- Check for working CXX compiler: C:/Program Files/LLVM/bin/clang-cl.exe
-- Check for working CXX compiler: C:/Program Files/LLVM/bin/clang-cl.exe - broken
CMake Error at C:/Program Files/JetBrains/CLion 2020.3.2/bin/cmake/win/share/cmake-3.17/Modules/CMakeTestCXXCompiler.cmake:53 (message):
The C++ compiler

"C:/Program Files/LLVM/bin/clang-cl.exe"

is not able to compile a simple test program.

It fails with the following output:

Change Dir: D:/ASGE-Repositories/asgenetgame-team-11/cmake-build-debug/CMakeFiles/CMakeTmp

Run Build Command(s):nmake /nologo cmTC_8bbb0\fast && "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\BuildTools\VC\Tools\MSVC\14.28.29333\bin\HostX64\x64\nmake.exe" -f CMakeFiles\cmTC_8bbb0.dir\build.make /nologo -L CMakeFiles\cmTC_8bbb0.dir\build
Building CXX object CMakeFiles/cmTC_8bbb0.dir/testCXXCompiler.cxx.obj
C:\PROGRA~1\LLVM\bin\clang-cl.exe @C:\Users\zackj\AppData\Local\Temp\nmFE32.tmp
Linking CXX executable cmTC_8bbb0.exe
"C:\Program Files\JetBrains\CLion 2020.3.2\bin\cmake\win\bin\cmake.exe" -E vs_link_exe --intdir=CMakeFiles\cmTC_8bbb0.dir --rc=C:\PROGRA~2\WI3CF2~1\10\bin\100183~1.0\x64\rc.exe --mt=C:\PROGRA~2\WI3CF2~1\10\bin\100183~1.0\x64\mt.exe --manifests -- C:\PROGRA~1\LLVM\bin\lld-link.exe /nologo @CMakeFiles\cmTC_8bbb0.dir\objects1.rsp @C:\Users\zackj\AppData\Local\Temp\nmFE62.tmp
LINK Pass 1: command "C:\PROGRA~1\LLVM\bin\lld-link.exe /nologo @CMakeFiles\cmTC_8bbb0.dir\objects1.rsp /out:cmTC_8bbb0.exe /implib:cmTC_8bbb0.lib /pdb:D:\ASGE-Repositories\asgenetgame-team-11\cmake-build-debug\CMakeFiles\CMakeTmp\cmTC_8bbb0.pdb /version:0.0 /machine:x64 /debug /INCREMENTAL /subsystem:console kernel32.lib user32.lib gdi32.lib winspool.lib shell32.lib ole32.lib oleaut32.lib uuid.lib comdlg32.lib advapi32.lib /MANIFEST /MANIFESTFILE:CMakeFiles\cmTC_8bbb0.dir/intermediate.manifest CMakeFiles\cmTC_8bbb0.dir/manifest.res" failed (exit code 1) with the following output:
lld-link: error: could not open 'kernel32.lib': no such file or directory
lld-link: error: could not open 'user32.lib': no such file or directory
lld-link: error: could not open 'gdi32.lib': no such file or directory
lld-link: error: could not open 'winspool.lib': no such file or directory
lld-link: error: could not open 'shell32.lib': no such file or directory
lld-link: error: could not open 'ole32.lib': no such file or directory
lld-link: error: could not open 'oleaut32.lib': no such file or directory
lld-link: error: could not open 'uuid.lib': no such file or directory
lld-link: error: could not open 'comdlg32.lib': no such file or directory
lld-link: error: could not open 'advapi32.lib': no such file or directory
NMAKE : fatal error U1077: '"C:\Program Files\JetBrains\CLion 2020.3.2\bin\cmake\win\bin\cmake.exe"' : return code '0xffffffff'
Stop.
NMAKE : fatal error U1077: '"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\BuildTools\VC\Tools\MSVC\14.28.29333\bin\HostX64\x64\nmake.exe"' : return code '0x2'
Stop.

 

I have tried reinstalling both CLion & Visual studio build tools, as well as installing different versions of both, but neither has done anything to change the error messages.

Below is my toolchain setup as well

 
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Hello!

Are you able to build this CMake project with this compiler outside CLion, for example, in Command Prompt?

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I fell into a similar situation and was able to fix it by installing another Windows SDK in "Visual Studio Installer".

I just unselected the currently checked "Windows SDK 10" and selected the latest "Windows 11 SDK" and everything goes fine as before.

However, I don't know the reasons behind these. If my memory serves, I just updated Visual Studio via the Visual Studio Installer days before.

I also answered a question on Stack Overflow. https://stackoverflow.com/a/72714420/18472514 

See also Linker Tools Error LNK1104 - Microsoft Docs. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cpp/error-messages/tool-errors/linker-tools-error-lnk1104?view=msvc-170 

 

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