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

d_v dan.vandermolen at figpsoft.com
Thu Feb 5 10:53:46 EST 2009

d_v wrote:
> Sandy Armstrong wrote:
>> On 02/05/2009 05:29 AM, d_v wrote:
>>> 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...
>> I don't personally know.  Banshee has some stuff integrated in their 
>> makefiles.  When I make my bundles for Tomboy and Tasque I use a little 
>> script:
>> http://svn.gnome.org/viewvc/tomboy/trunk/bundle-mac-app.sh?view=markup
>> Notice that in SVN I keep a "skeleton" of the .app hierarchy (in a 
>> directory called "osx").  Then I just copy the skeleton and the binaries 
>> to the right folder.
>> You can right-click any app and "Show Package Contents" to get an idea 
>> of how things are laid out, too.
>> Sandy
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> Thanks Sandy,
> This creates a bundle for me nicley (Now it hides the apple script form
> the Dock, but I still can't hide mono and my application from the Mac OS X
> 10.5.6 dock).
> http://code.google.com/p/cocoa-sharp-dev/wiki/WinFormsTutorial  (macpack
> tutorial)
> Terminal command to build a Mac OS X bundle with Macpack:
>    macpack -n:MyApp -a: MyApp.exe -o:. -m:1 
> This will create a Mac bundle and optionally (-r) copy your DLLs and
> support files to the Resources subfolder in the package.  The new bundle
> can be launched by double-clicking on it in the finder.  The finder reads
> the directory tree and realizes that it is really an App and treats the
> bundle like a single file. If you want to explore the subdirectory, you
> need to right click (or Ctrl-click for single button mice) and select
> "Show Package Contents". 
> Ensure all DLLs and support files (.exe.config) are in the Resources
> folder.  Note: that if you are using
> System.Reflection.Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().Location  code in C#
> code, it will now point to the bundle name by default, not the .exe name,
> so save the bundle with the same root name as the .exe (you can rename the
> bundle later or try the Info.plist file).  
> This is what my Info.plist file looks like:
> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN"
> "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
> <plist version="1.0">
> <dict>
> 	<key>CFBundleIdentifier</key>
> 	<string>MyApp</string>
> 	<key>CFBundleExecutable</key>
> 	<string>MyApp</string>
> 	<key>CFBundleIconFile</key>
> 	<string></string>
> 	<key>NSUIElement</key>
> 	<string>1</string>
> </dict>
> </plist>

I also can not set the icon for mono or my application either with this
Info.plist setup.
I copied an existing Mac icon to the Resources folder in my bundle, but no
luck.  I figure if I can't hide the icons in the dock I may as well show a
useful icon.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN"
<plist version="1.0">
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