[MonoDevelop] Possible bug in generic MonoDevelop project(mdproj) build.

Lluis Sanchez Gual slluis.devel at gmail.com
Mon Jun 14 08:43:34 EDT 2010

Although MonoDevelop is using the MSBuild file format, it has its own
build system, which only supports a subset of MSBuild projects. You can
force MD to use MSBuild/XBuild for building by setting an option
available in the Edit->Preferences->Build. We plan to enable that option
by default in the 2.6 release, but right now it is only experimental.

El dv 11 de 06 de 2010 a les 20:12 -0300, en/na Thiago Padilha va
> I have a generic md project that contains a mix of C and C ++ code,
> so I created a Makefile to handle everything and in the Project
> Options->General->Custom Commands I replaced the build step by the
> make command. But I didnt knew about MSBuild/XBuild(which to my joy,
> looks a lot like nant) customization power until today so I decided to
> migrate from Make to XBuild which not only is integrated with
> monodevelop, but I can easily customize with C# code. However after
> examining the mdproj file I noticed that even though the 'Project'
> element has DefaultTargets="Build" attribute, there are no targets(and
> no imports to other files) and when I try to build from command line
> XBuild complains it didnt find any target named 'Build'. When I build
> the project from monodevelop it does not report any errors.
>   I don't know if it is a bug, but I have two guesses as to why this
> is happening
>   - MonoDevelop does something other than callind xbuild on the mdproj.
>   - MonoDevelop appends a file that contains build target to the
> mdproj , calling any custom commands if present.
>   To test what was happening, I inserted the following on the mdproj:
>    <Target Name="Build">
>   	<Message Text="Testing XBUILD!"/>
>    </Target>
>   XBuild displays the message when invoked manually, but nothing was
> shown in the MD's build output window. I could easily get arround this
> issue  by changing my custom build command from 'make' to 'xbuild',
> but I think it would be more elegant if MD invoked xbuild
> automatically.
>    I have tree suggestions for the MD team :so it automatically adds
> an empty 'Build Target' on the mdproj file and invokes xbuild for it.
> Then any user customized build steps would be placed in the
>   - Automatically call xbuild on generic projects
>   - Add an empty 'Build target' on the mdproj file(so Xbuild doesn't
> complain about missing targets)
>   - Add an option to the context menu for project/solution items to
> open it with the XML editor
>   The third option is only a helper, so the user doesn't have to
> trough the File-Open route to edit the project file. An issue I
> noticed is that theres no syntax coloring when opening  csproj files
> with the source code editor.(Can this be customized?).
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