[Mono-osx] How to hide mono and windows form in Mac Dock

d_v dan.vandermolen at figpsoft.com
Thu Feb 5 08:29:59 EST 2009

Sandy Armstrong wrote:
> On 02/04/2009 01:16 PM, d_v wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> I figure I can not run my C# 2.0 .NET Windows Service on mono, so I am
>> running the equivalent Windows Form (application) on mono.
>> However the script editor, mono, and sometiimes the form (windows state
>> is
>> set to minimized) are all visible in the Dock.  I use a script to launch
>> mono and the .exe.
>> What do you advise is the best way to hide these programs from the Dock?
>> I am hoping for a manual way to do this and maybe a way to do it in
>> setup/or
>> code so I do not have to bother the user with setting this up.
> Make a Mac app bundle.  Download the OS X versions of MonoDevelop, 
> Banshee, or Tomboy for examples of how this is done.  These are all gtk# 
> apps, but I don't see why it wouldn't work with winforms apps.
> By the way, there's a mono-osx list that might be more helpful with 
> future Mac questions.
> Best,
> Sandy
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Thanks for the tip.
So I started looking up "Mac bundles" and I found this link:
http://www.mono-project.com/Guide:Running_Mono_Applications and a section at
the very end called "Macpack, Mac OS X only"

Is this the way I do it?  But I am not using cocoa sharp...

"macpack is a tool that must be used to bundle Cocoa# applications into
Double-Clickable, Finder friendly, bundles on Mac OS X. It bundles static
libraries and resources, as well as generates a basic info.plist into the
.app bundle. 

For example the following commands are used to build the
CurrencyConverter.exe into an application bundle: 

$ mcs -g -debug+ CurrencyConverter.cs -out:CurrencyConverter.exe
$ rm -rf CurrencyConverter.app
$ macpack -m:2 -o:. 
        -r:CurrencyConverter.nib -n:CurrencyConverter

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