[Mono-dev] Standard name for mcs

Roman Procopie procopie.roman at gmail.com
Wed Jun 30 11:09:46 EDT 2010

You would probably need to also distribute a compile script which detects
existence of dmcs/smcs/gmcs/mcs in order of decreasing preference, store it
in a local var then use it for compilation.


On 27 June 2010 19:37, Russell Wallace <russell.wallace at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm trying to distribute a C# program in both binary and source form
> so that the user can optionally recompile it.
> According to http://www.mono-project.com/CSharp_Compiler
> "You have to pick one of:
> mcs: compiler to target 1.1 runtime (to be deprecated with Mono 2.8).
> gmcs: compiler to target the 2.0 runtime.
> smcs: compiler to target the 2.1 runtime, to build Moonlight applications.
> dmcs: Starting with Mono 2.6 this command is the C# 4.0 compiler, and
> references the 4.0 runtime."
> And indeed on my Ubuntu 10.04 VM, 'gmcs' works but 'mcs' gives an
> error message. (dmcs would be nice to have, presumably it just hasn't
> made it through the pipeline yet -- the Ubuntu version of Mono is
> 2.4.4 -- which is fair enough.)
> The problem I'm trying to solve is how to write a reliable makefile. I
> can have the makefile call gmcs, but then presumably this will start
> failing as soon as dmcs becomes the standard version.
> Would it be possible to define a command to run whatever the
> latest/currently installed C# compiler is? It seems to me that command
> should be mcs, but it doesn't really matter what it is, as long as it
> works reliably on all systems.
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