[MonoDevelop] Isolate project directory from build products directory

Michael Hutchinson m.j.hutchinson at gmail.com
Wed Mar 9 13:47:54 EST 2011

On Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 7:55 AM, guivho <monodevelop at vanhoecke.org> wrote:
> Is it somehow possible to specify the path for the bin directory under
> a different root?
> More precisely, I would like to create my projects in e.g. the ~/Mono
> directory, and have the build products (intermediate as well as final)
> created in e.g. ~/MonoBuildProducts.
> So when creating a new app MyApp under ~/Mono/MyApp, I'd like the
> build directory to be located at ~/MonoBuilsProducts/MyApp/bin.
> The preferred approach would be fully automatic, but it would already
> help if I could somehow tell MonoDevelop to use that directory as
> target.
> The main advantage of such approach provides for a clean directory for
> backup purposes, so that reproducable bits would not be backed up. One
> could then even consider to use a ~/DropBox/Mono folder and have all
> sources backud up without feeding reproducable stuff into DropBox.
> The idea stems from Apples XCode which provides both a 'Build Products
> Path' and a 'Intermediate Build Files Path' setting.
> Maybe there are some internal settings that can be setup to achieve
> this result.

You might be able to achieve this using environment variables to
control MSBuild intermediate and output dirs, when using xbuild as the
MD build engine, but I don't think it's an important case for us to
support in MD itself, and it would be ~impossible to support across
all the build systems we support.

Michael Hutchinson

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