[MonoDevelop] Multiple Solutions

Piotr Wysocki piotr.wysocki at secpl.cs.put.poznan.pl
Mon Nov 9 09:15:18 EST 2009

Brett Michael wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm a regular user of the ability of MonoDevelop to have multiple  
> solutions over at a time. However, there are a few things that I think  
> could be improved which I thought I'd raise on this list for discussion.
> My preference would be that by default when you select 'Open' a  
> completely new MonoDevelop window would open with the solution or  
> project in it. This would be more in line with other editors (although  
> different to VS.net) - I have no idea if this would be extremely  
> difficult to achieve with the current code base, but it would  
> certainly make my life easier. Closing the currently open window seems  
> unintuitive to me, and doesn't work very well when solutions are  
> opened by double clicking on their icon in Nautilus/Finder - few users  
> would expect it to close their currently open window.
> An alternative, although a less preferable one, would be to allow  
> configuration as to the default behaviour in the Open dialog. I have  
> to traverse some very large directory structures to find the solution  
> files I want to open, and I regularly forget to uncheck the 'Close  
> Current Workspace' option which makes me swear like an angry swearing  
> gorilla every time.
> Anyone else feeling my pain, or am I a unique and beautiful snowflake?

I have a similar feeling about this issue.
In order not to swear I generally do not open solutions via the Open
dialog. I do it by running a second monodevelop from the console with
.sln as an argument (hardly a solution...).

If you ask me, any solution Brett suggested would be gladly appreciated.


Piotr Wysocki
Mobile Systems Research Labs, Poznan University of Technology

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