[Mono-dev] MSBuild file for .Net 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, Compact Framework 1.0 & 2.0 and Mono
gmcg at acm.org
Tue Oct 18 14:00:55 EDT 2005
Forget ContinueOnErrorWhenBuildingForAllPlatforms, wasn't working after all.
Latest version at https://ovatsus.ath.cx/Ovatsus.CSharp.targets
"Gustavo Guerra" <gmcg at acm.org> wrote in message
news:dj34bh$5h2$1 at sea.gmane.org...
> I'm currently working in a library that has to target both .Net 2.0 and
> .Net Compact Framework 2.0.
> My initial approach was to have two projects for each assembly. The source
> code would be all the same, with #if's testing for the compact or the full
> framework. One of the projects would have all the files, and the other all
> the files from the first linked.
> As the number of source files and assemblies growed, this turned into
> At some time, I also wanted to test if my code worked in mono, even if it
> wasn't required.
> So I thought of using msbuild to customize my build. I started googling,
> and found msbuild files from Jomo Fisher and Robert McLaws that would
> target previous versions of .Net. And I also found msbuild files from Mike
> Hull and Andy Waddell that would target Mono. But nothing to target
> Compact Framework
> So, a week's work of researching the docs, posting on miscrosoft msbuild
> forum and other newsgroups, and I've come up with a msbuild file that does
> all that I wanted.
> I'm sharing it here so everyone can use it and also to get improvements
> for it.
> The file is called Ovatsus.CSharp.targets and is attached in this message
> Usage Instructions:
> -Copy the Ovatsus.CSharp.targets to C:\Program Files\MSBuild
> -Replace the <Import> element from your project file with <Import
> After that you have 11 new Platforms:
> .NET 1.0
> .NET 1.1
> .NET 2.0
> .NET CF 1.0 (Pocket PC 2003)
> .NET CF 1.0 (Smartphone 2003)
> .NET CF 2.0 (Pocket PC 2003)
> .NET CF 2.0 (Windows CE 5.0)
> .NET 1.1 (Mono Compiler & Libraries)
> .NET 2.0 (Mono Compiler & Libraries)
> .NET 1.1 (Mono Libraries)
> .NET 2.0 (Mono Libraries)
> The existing Any CPU platform remains, and if you build with that platform
> selected you will build for all targets sequentially. It continues to be
> the default platform so if you just invoke msbuild.exe from the project
> directory, you'll build everything.
> The difference between the "Mono Libraries" platforms and "Mono Compiler &
> Libraries" platforms is that in the first, the compiler is still csc and
> not the mono mcs or gmcs. These targets exists so you can debug inside VS.
> There are also defined some conditional compilation symbols. They are,
> respectively for the above platforms:
> All works fine from msbuild.exe. From withing VS there are a few things
> worth notice:
> 1-You can't deploy to the compact framework, and you can design cf forms
> visually, but VS won't know your form is for the CF, and will probably set
> properties that don't exist in CF. You can always create a specific CF
> project, that just uses all code, including forms, from the multi-platform
> 2-If you have project references, VS will only find the referenced project
> assemblies if you set both projects to the same Platform, and that
> platform can't be AnyCPU. What you can do is build for all platforms in
> the referenced project, unload it and then build for any platform you like
> (including all at once - AnyCPU) in the referencee project. In this case
> VS will work correctly. Note that from msbuild.exe it all works correctly.
> Also, you can override the platform names before including
> Ovatsus.CSharp.targets by overriding the following properties:
> You can also change the conditional compilation symbols, by overriding
> these properties:
> I don't suport overriding the symbols PocketPC, Smartphone or WindowCE,
> because these names already existed in VS when building for CF.
> You can also override these two properties:
> By default, they are setted to bin and obj, respectively. You can override
> them to something else, if you want. This is usefull if you have the
> source code in cvs or svn, for example, and don't want to have to mess
> with settings the ignore directories. In that case, you can set those
> properties to ..\..\bin and ..\..\obj, for example, so it's out of your
> working copy. When building inside VS, it will stubbornly create the obj
> directories below your project directory, but as it only contains more
> empty subdirectories, that's less of a problem.
> You can also override the property MonoPath, that's hardcoded to
> C:\Program Files\Mono-188.8.131.52, or set an environment variable with that
> name. Please don't surround it with ".
> At last, you can also override the property
> ContinueOnErrorWhenBuildingForAllPlatforms, that defaults to false.
> Best regards,
> Gustavo Guerra
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