[MonoDevelop] Help installing monodevelop

James King james.king at 4act.com
Wed Nov 5 17:53:07 EST 2008

I'm a .Net developer trying to move away from Windows and Visual Studio. I
am practically new to Linux and new to monodevelop. I currently use Ubuntu
Hardy amd64.

I have tried the Ubuntu package for monodevelop and it works okay. However,
my current project is an asp.net web project and would like to try and
utilize some of the new features of monodevelop 2 alpha.

I have a few questions.

1. Can I compile and install monodevelop without ruining my current
monodevelop 1 installation?

I have tinkered a little on my own and download the releases

1. mono-addins-0.3.1
2. monodevelop-1.9
3. monodoc-1.2.6
4. gtk-sharp-

I can compile mono addins without any errors. I can compile gtk-sharp
without any errors. I get some error about a strong assembly name when
compiling monodoc, but I am not super concerned with that at the moment.
When I try to compile monodevelop I have some trouble

1. the readme says to run ./configure --prefix=`pkg-config --variable=prefix
   what is the --prefix=`pkg-config --variable=prefix mono`? If I type that
in exactly I get an error saying "configure: error: expected an absolute
directory name for --prefix: pkg-config --variable=prefix mono"

If I do not add the --prefix option then configure seems to work fine, but
the make command produces an error "error CS0006: cannot find metadata file

I assumed that gtk-sharp was supposed to add that (gconf-sharp-peditors.dll)
file. However it does not.

Any help would be appreciated.

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