[Mono-dev] Recommended software setup to develop and contribute C# code to Mono

Jean-Michel.Perraud at csiro.au Jean-Michel.Perraud at csiro.au
Sun Jul 28 05:27:46 UTC 2013


I have bumped in a bug with time zone date-time conversion (https://r2clr.codeplex.com/workitem/65 but I am pretty sure the underlying issue is e.g. https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1849)

I'd like to see whether I can contribute a fix. I am used to test-driven development with VS2012, and would like to emulate this with MonoDevelop/Xamarin Studio on a Debian or Win box. I assume I cannot debug a Mono mscorlib with VS2012 but correct me otherwise.

Rather than figure out a set up I'd welcome advice from core Mono contributors: how do you work, what's your software setup?

I gave a couple hours trying/googling/doc reading but with limited results.
- Got the latest 'master' source from GIT. autogen, make, sudo make install, fine. However an easy option to build and install the debug symbols along is not obvious.
- Usually as soon as I compile/install mono from source, even a very recent (Debian unstable) MonoDevelop stops working (see below). Prior attempts to compile MD from source did not work out.

$ monodevelop
System.TypeInitializationException: An exception was thrown by the type initializer for Mono.Unix.Native.Syscall ---> System.EntryPointNotFoundException: Mono_Posix_Syscall_get_at_fdcwd

Thanks in advance.

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