[Mono-dev] "Installing" mono via copy

Chris Tacke ctacke at opennetcf.com
Fri Dec 13 16:10:55 UTC 2013

I guess to put it another way, the question might be this:

I have a Mono application.  I need to distribute that application onto an embedded Linux platform that doesn't have Mono in the OS.  Assuming I don't have the luxury of install tool in the OS, what are the steps required to deploy Mono and my application such that the application will be able to run?


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> Subject: [Mono-dev] "Installing" mono via copy
> I have an embedded Linux platform on which I need to install Mono.  The
> platform does not have any installer tools like apt or whatever.  I have to
> custom build Mono for the platform for a variety of reasons.
> I am successfully building Mono from source under an Ubuntu machine.  That
> works just fine.
> The problem I'm now facing is how to "distribute" the resulting build.  Due to
> size contraints, I've compiled only the 4.5 stuff, plus I've pulled out a variety
> of things like System.Drawing,  all of the WinForms stuff, etc.  I've also
> stripped the binaries.
> What I did was:
> - set a custom prefix (and other stuff) during configure
> - make & make install.
> - Go into the install folder and trim out stuff I don't need and strip binaries
> So now I have a set of folders that contain Mono.  My hope was that I could
> tar these up, copy that to the destination, untar it in the /usr directory so that
> the mono bin files end up in /usr/bin, the mono lib files end up in /usr/lib etc.
> Doing this I success if I do a mono -V.  I get version info.  However, if I try to
> actually run a mono app, it complains about not finding mscorlib.dll.  It's
> looking in the path where I set the prefix back on the build machine.
> How should I be going about doing an installation like this?  What am I missing
> in my process?
> -Chris
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