[Mono-winforms-list] Lots of people get stuck by missing decoders in libgdiplus

Rafael Teixeira monoman at gmail.com
Wed Jul 27 10:22:34 EDT 2005

I've seen lots of first-time users of MWF, getting stuck with the uninformative:

Unhandled Exception: System.TypeInitializationException: An exception was 
thrown  by the type initializer for System.Windows.Forms.XplatUI ---> 
System.Reflection .TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by 
the target of an invoca tion. ---> System.NotSupportedException: Either 
image format is unknown or you d on't have the required libraries for this 
in <0x0014a> System.Drawing.GDIPlus:CheckStatus (Status status)

What normally means that libgdiplus isn't finding one of the native
decoding libraries.

I do think that it would be better to give a more detailed message
that tells exactly which library is missing or didn't like the bitmap
stream. Comments?


Rafael "Monoman" Teixeira
I'm trying to become a "Rosh Gadol" before my own eyes. 
See http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2004/12/06.html for enlightment.
It hurts!

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