[Mono-dev] Contributing to xbuild

Marcelo Zabani mzabani at gmail.com
Tue Sep 3 13:13:26 UTC 2013

I've been trying to edit xbuild's solution in Mono's master repository, but
Monodevelop gives me a couple warnings when I open it (ToolsVersion of
every project is different than the solution's ToolsVersion). After opening
it, I noticed xbuild is not buildable through Monodevelop, because a file
called SolutionParser.cs is missing in the Microsoft.Build.Engine project.
Adding the file /mcs/tools/xbuild/SolutionParser.cs to that project does
not fix this, because compiling now generates a bunch of *Type not
found*errors, namely:
*IBuildTask*, *ToolsetDefinitionLocations* and *ProjectLoadSettings*.

After these problems I added the *Microsoft.Build.Engine* project in
/mcs/class and changed some assembly references in all projects to the
assemblies in my GAC, and also had to change *UnknownToolsVersionException*'s
visibility from internal to public, finally then being able to build xbuild
through Monodevelop.

Is this ok? Should I really rely only on building with make and using
Monodevelop only to edit "loose" files or is there something I'm doing

Thanks in advance,
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