[Mono-list] MVC hosting

Doug douglas.linder at gmail.com
Mon May 9 10:13:23 EDT 2011

There are indeed, many websites about running mvc via xsp2.

Most of them suggest (as a first step) seeing the example in
/usr/share/asp.net2-demos/ to see how to do this.

*The problem is that these examples are not MVC applications. *

They are just aspx files. And that seems to be all xsp can handle...

Indeed, if you jump into the source archive for xsp2, that's all you'll find
there too in the tests folder.

Am I wrong? If someone can show me what I'm doing wrong I'm happy to admit

No matter how hard I look at it though, mod_mono and xsp (ie. the fast cgi
impl) only seem to be able to handle code-behind files, not wsgi style web


On Mon, May 9, 2011 at 9:59 PM, Abe Gillespie <abe.gillespie at gmail.com>wrote:

> Mono runs ASP.Net MVC apps just fine.  The sources are here:
> http://ftp.novell.com/pub/mono/sources/
> XSP is at the very bottom.  Note that you'll probably want mod_mono as well
> if you're running your site through Apache.  Setup and running XSP /
> mod_mono is very Googlable; see what you can turn up.
> Note, that if you compiled MonoDevelop from source, there may be some extra
> steps involved to point MD at XSP and have it run / debug your MVC sites
> properly.  I don't know, I never compile MD from source.
> -Abe
> On Mon, May 9, 2011 at 4:00 AM, Doug <douglas.linder at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> I'm posting this here in the hopes the mono-list is slightly more
>> populated that the asp sublist.
>> Basically the issue I have is this:
>> I can compile an MVC 2.0 application under mono (great) but I can't
>> actually run it.
>> xsp2 appears to only serve old-style apps where there is a 1-1 mapping
>> between the file system and files, with each .aspx file having an associated
>> .aspx.cs code-behind file. This is not how MVC apps work.
>> MVC apps should have their urls parsed and run according to the routing
>> information defined for that application; typically the
>> /{controller}/{action} url is mapped to the function {action} in the class
>> Controller{controller} in the project. Under no circumstances should the
>> webserver randomly start trying to load aspx files from purely from the url
>> pattern.
>> I've seen a few vague posts about something called 'xsp4' that is somehow
>> capable of doing this (for example this page mentions it with regard to
>> using razor:
>> http://twistedcode.net/blog/post/2011/02/03/Orchard-begins-to-work-under-Mono.aspx),
>> and is possibly packaged as part of the mono develop package, but I can't
>> find any concrete information on where to actually get this.
>> Also, if it's part of mono develop, that's not particularly useful for,
>> for example, actually hosting a web app that uses MVC on a real server.
>> Is this part of the git repo somewhere?
>> I build mono 2.10 from source on my server, but I couldn't find the
>> sources to xsp anywhere.
>> help~
>> cheers,
>> Doug.
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