[MonoDevelop] [PATCH] - enable out-of-project files inside of a project

Chris Morgan chmorgan at gmail.com
Mon Sep 11 09:17:54 EDT 2006

On 9/11/06, Michael Hutchinson <m.j.hutchinson at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/11/06, Chris Morgan <cmorgan at alum.wpi.edu> wrote:
> > This is a preliminary patch to allow out-of-project files to be added to a
> > project.  This is useful when trying to move common classes to a directory
> > outside of a given project.
> >
> > The patch removes the code that was preventing users from adding files from
> > outside of their project directory.  I also added an option to the 'add'
> > dialog to "Link" a file, beside the existing options to "Copy" and "Move'.
> This is an interesting and useful idea, but I wonder what implications
> this has on other parts of MD, for example those that use
> project-relative filenames. When should code use the 'real' filename
> and when should it use the 'project' filename? A more robust solution
> would probably be to create actual filesystem links, so that either
> can be used to access the file.

Visual Studio express doesn't create symlinks and I'm not a huge fan
of adding extra files to my project directory.  imo the reason we have
md project files is to keep track of things like where files are.

> > MD can now successfully add the files to the project, they show up in the
> > treeview and the solution compiles properly.
> There's a usability issue here. In the treeview there needs to be a
> special icon for linked files, and a way of editing the link.
> > What I can't figure out is why this change seems to be causing mono to
> > segfault when one of the linked files is removed but not when removing a
> > non-linked file.  I'm using mono from svn and mcs from svn, updated tonight.
> > I tried running mono under gdb but the stack trace wasn't very clear, the
> > segfault occurred in the garbage collector so maybe memory that was in use by
> > gtk-sharp was freed?
> Could you post this segfault? It may be something to do with the
> issues I mentioned above.

Sure, I can post the segfault when I get home tonight.

> > I don't understand monodevelop code well enough to know where to look for the
> > issue but I was hoping someone would be able to lend a hand so we can get
> > this useful feature implemented.
> No problem, I'm happy to give you pointers.
> --
> Michael Hutchinson
> http://mjhutchinson.com

Thanks for the help. The lack of this feature has entirely stopped any
work I can do under monodevelop unless I wanted to start symlinking
into our subversioned directory and that seems hacky.


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