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

Sandy Armstrong sanfordarmstrong at gmail.com
Thu Feb 5 11:00:25 EST 2009

On 02/05/2009 07:17 AM, 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).

Oh, I'm sorry, I misunderstood and thought you *wanted* your application 
icon in the dock, just not all the extra ones.  I don't know why you're 
getting mono there...did you notice how the CFBundleExecutable for 
Tomboy et al is a bash script that eventually does something like "exec 
mono Tomboy.exe"?  Maybe you should try to mirror that setup more.

Of course, if you don't want anything in the dock, I don't really know 
what the best approach is.  I think users expect that if they have GUIs 
up in their face, there is a corresponding dock icon to click on.


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