[Mono-list] Regression in Winforms Support for version > 3.0

Baltasar García Perez-Schofield baltasarq at gmail.com
Wed Apr 9 19:21:25 UTC 2014

Hi, all of you.

I've finally found a solution to this problem by myself. Since probably
many people will stumble upon this, I think it is better to somehow
register it.

The problem seems to be in System.Drawing. When you try to launch an
application using WinForms, it crashes with:

Unhandled exception
Missing dll: /tmp/install/lib/libgdiplus.so

This is particularly confusing on Windows, where one would think this file
should be already present.

The key to this problem is already in the Xamarin bugtrack system, bug 8309:

The problem seems to be related to the following two lines in the file


<dllmap dll="ggdiplus" target="/tmp/install/lib/libgdiplus.so" />
<dllmap dll="ggdiplus.dll" target="/tmp/install/lib/libgdiplus.so" />


Being INSTDIR the installation directory of mono. Note that this happens in
Windows, maybe that "etc" could be confusing, but it is just a subdirectory
of the mono installation.

Removing both lines immediately solves the problem.

Because bugs happen :)
Locate $mono-prefix/etc/mono/config and add an os="!windows" attribute
to all gdiplus & gdi32 DLL mapps.

Thanks Robert. I found the solution just before reading your message. I
suppose I've been more taxative.

This bug invalidates the use of this version of Mono for any final user
trying to run an application employing WinForms, and there are quite a lot
out there.

An yep, bugs happen. However, the bug was found in 11/2012 (mono 3.0.1),
and bug 14586, a duplicate of this bug, was (re-)found in 09/2013.
Currently, in 4/2014 (mono-3.2.3), the bug has not still been solved, while
the fix seems just to add an os="!windows" attribute to those lines.  I
understand that WinForms is not a valuable asset for Xamarin, but this
seems strange anyway.

-- Baltasar
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