[Mono-devel-list] Problem with compilation on Windows XP

John Sheppard magnumsolutions at gmail.com
Wed Feb 9 23:09:15 EST 2005

Hi all,
   I know I will be critized for building mono on windows but I do not have 
a nix machine available to me at this point.  Here is what I have done so 
far.  I downloaded the latest stable release of mono and installed it on XP. 
I downloaded the latest cygwin setup and installed the pieces that need to 
be installed.  I got the latest mcs, mono, and xsp source from svn (using 
tortoisesvn).  I started my cygwin bash shell and cd'd into the directory 
containing all my source for mono.  then cd'd into the mono directory 
specifically.  I ran the following command ./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr/local 
which generated my make file, I do believe.  I then ran the 'make' command 
and it built a lot of source but failed on building mcs with the following 

csc.exe /nologo /optimize -d:NET_1_1 -d ONLY_1_1 /debug:full /target:exe 
/out:mcs.exe cs-parser.cs @../build/deps/mcs.exe.response
The error that occurred is that it could not find csc.exe.  If I am 
understanding things correctly it is looking for the Microsoft csc compiler 
because I was able to compile the mcs directory with vs 2003 with no 
problem.  I made sure my path environmental variable contained the latest ms 
.net framework directory which didn't help.

I'm almost to the promised land but I am getting hung up on the reference to 
csc.exe.  Any help would be appreciated.  My forehead is completely flat from 
beating my head against the proverbial wall today.  I think I need a beer or 
maybe a swig of something a little stronger. 

Forgot to mention that I navigated to the directory where csc.exe is located 
(%system)\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322 and typed in csc.exe to just see 
if It(cygwin) would run it.  (Yes I have never worked in the 'nix environment 
before, can you tell?)  It would not.  I looked for a run, exec, execute, 
shell command, anything that would allow me to run that from my bash 
environment to no avail.  Okay, I'm off (My wife would say in more ways than 
one.  :) )

Thank you for any help you may be able to provide,

John Sheppard
Missouri Botanical Garden

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arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather
to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body
thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a
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