[Mono-osx] one click installation of an app running with mono?

Euan MacInnes euan_macinnes at hotmail.com
Wed Sep 23 10:54:07 EDT 2009

Does mkbundle work on Windows as well? I have a number of distribution issues with clients unable to "install" the .NET framework due to security restrictions on PCs, and it would be really good to be able to distribute a CD that "just runs".



> Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 15:04:28 +0300
> From: alexander.shulgin at yessoftware.com
> To: heertsch at gmail.com
> CC: mono-osx at lists.ximian.com
> Subject: Re: [Mono-osx] one click installation of an app running with mono?
> Heertsch wrote:
> > Beginners question:
> > I develop an app running in mono.
> > My customers should be able to install this app without any knowledge. ("One
> > Click"). Is there a HowTo or a tutorial, how to build such package?
> Take a look at mkbundle command line utility.
> Basically, it allows you to package all .net assemblies of your 
> application together with mono' system assemblies into one native binary 
> file (Mac OS or Linux) which will run w/o the need to install mono 
> framework.
> Beware of current problems in mono-2.4 with app.config and 
> machine.config.  There's open bug[1] for this, but it's not fixed yet.
> Also, if you application happen to load libc at runtime (e.g., 
> System.Drawing does this upon initialization) you'll need to package 
> /usr/etc/mono/config too and use it through MONO_CONFIG environment 
> variable.  It's required at least on Ubuntu GNU/Linux.
> --
> Alex
> [1] https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=325022
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