[MonoDevelop] Solution/project files missing in source package

Andy York andy at brdstudio.net
Fri Feb 19 06:49:26 EST 2010

I think the packaging project is primarily for Linux builds, because of 
Windows having such good standardization I think your saying that most 
developers would just use a binary release for Windows. Having the 
packaging project available in Windows allows you to use openSUSE Build 
Service (https://build.opensuse.org/) without needing to have a Linux 
development environment to develop your project for Linux. The package 
project is not like VS or SharpDevelop installer projects instead they 
contain everything you need to build in a *nix environment.

Someone may correct me but the design of the packaging project is not a 
bug but an intentional design, with the large amount of good installers 
for Windows (WIX, NSIS, etc.) they most likely didn't want to reinvent 
the wheel but left it on there for it to be easy to develop for Linux in 
the same solution.

I hope this helps.


On 2/19/2010 2:33 AM, safknw at gmail.com wrote:
> Hi,
> I have create a packaging project which contains source files. This 
> tar.gz contains all source code + make files. It does not contain any 
> solution or project files. So other people cannot open project.
> It must contain project files, because I feel that most of .Net prefer 
> building using solution. And also make files are no use to windows users.
> One more point building using make files require many unnecessary 
> dependency, in case of solution file we just need mono/.Net runtime 
> and other dlls.
> I'm using mono 2.6 and MD 2.2.
> Should I file a bug or feature request in bugzilla?
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