[Gtk-sharp-list] Tinymail DotNet bindings update

Mike Kestner mkestner at gmail.com
Wed Jan 30 11:56:47 EST 2008

On Jan 30, 2008 4:47 AM, Philip Van Hoof <spam at pvanhoof.be> wrote:

> Tinymail's -sharp install directory doesn't have these .config files
> installed. I'm not really immediately finding what in the build of
> gtk-sharp is installing them (I kept the Makefile.include identical for
> that part of the build Makefile code afaik).
> I'm guessing these config files are necessary for the .dll->.so mapping?
> Something like that is what they seem to contain as XML data. Obviously
> I mimicked them as good as possible using gtk-sharp's code.

gacutil installs .dll.config files if they are present.  They support
different dll/so/dylib naming conventions across various platforms.  The
convention is to use win32 dll naming in the DllImport statements in the
generated code, so that assemblies work on the MS runtime on win32.  We use
dllmap entries in the .config file so that mono can map them to the
appropriate nomenclature on *nix and mac.

> Also, what is this policy.$(API_VERSION).config file for by the way?

Policy assemblies are the backward compatibility mechanism on .Net.  A
program built against assembly version requires that specific
assembly version be available at runtime.  One way to satisfy that
requirement is to install a policy.2.4 assembly which "links" to a newer
assembly version that provides all of the API exposed by

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