[Mono-list] Some questions about shared assemlies, strong names...

Paolo Molaro lupus@ximian.com
Mon, 5 May 2003 12:45:08 +0200

On 05/04/03 Luis Fernandez wrote:
> Yes, I agree with most of what you point out, but the GAC automates the task
> of creating the different directories away from the developer. Also, it

We'll have a tool to install assemblies in the directory hierarcgy, of
course. The developer will not have to know any details of it.

> I agree that strong signing an assembly might not make sense with open
> source software, but I don't think the mono project is supposed to support
> only OSS software. And in any case, why can't an OSS project sign an
> assembly? This migth be a way of "guarantiing" that a compiled assembly has
> been altered by any malicius 3rd party or similar. And as somebody else
> pointed out in a different post, we could always implement a "dummy" key for
> OSS projects so that we can deploy our software in the microsoft GAC if
> needed.

Of course, that is the 1% of the usefulness of strong names. As always,
though, the people that need the feature have a chance of developing the
support for it: at this time this is not a priority for us.


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