[Mono-list] linkage question

Ryan Heaton ryan at webcohesion.com
Fri Feb 6 12:52:26 EST 2009

Interesting. How exactly does an API get identified as "stable"? Some
kind of compiler flag?

And how does one install a stable assembly into the GAC?

Just curious; I doubt I'll be using the GAC.



On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 10:46 AM, Robert Jordan <robertj at gmx.net> wrote:
> Hey,
> Ryan Heaton wrote:
>> Thanks to everybody who replied.  My problem turned out to be solved
>> by Robert's suggestion: I had to rename my executable from full.exe to
>> fulltest.exe or something.
>> However, I'm still not clear as to how Mono resolves references to
>> other libraries.  It's clear that it loads all libraries that are in
>> the same directory as the executable.  But does that mean that for any
> This is correct.
>> given executable, all libraries have to be in the same directory? Is
>> there no way to link libraries that are in a different directory?
> If the APIs exposed by the assemblies are stable, the GAC could be
> used for sharing them among applications. Otherwise there is
> no straightforward (see man mono) way to influence the load path.
>> Just FYI, I'm coming from a Java background, so I'm used to classpath
>> arguments on the command line...
> Well, .NET has a precise distinction between stable assembly/APIs and
> local or unstable assemblies. So everything not being "stable" must be
> local. This kind of loader behavior was introduced to avoid a condition
> known as DLL hell, the sister of the CLASSPATH disease ;-)
> Robert
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