Bug 12784 - .dll.mdb file not found when odd characters in assembly file name
Summary: .dll.mdb file not found when odd characters in assembly file name
Alias: None
Product: Android
Classification: Xamarin
Component: MSBuild ()
Version: 4.6.x
Hardware: PC Windows
: Normal normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: dean.ellis
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-06-20 05:32 UTC by Egbert Teeselink
Modified: 2013-08-15 08:50 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description Egbert Teeselink 2013-06-20 05:32:39 UTC
Given an Android Class Library named something like MyCompany.Common(Android), msbuild gives me the following error:

C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Xamarin\Android\Xamarin.Android.Common.targets(1285,2): error MSB3375: The file "bin\Debug\MyCompany.Common(Android).dll.mdb" does not exist.

We worked around it by changing the assembly name to something like MyCompany.Common__Android in the project properties. 

As far as I know, characters like ()[] are OK for path names on all common dev platforms, but maybe we're just trying to do something we shouldn't.

(background: we're doing this when sharing code across platforms. We have a .NET class library named MyCompany.Common and an Android class library called MyCompany.Common(Android) that contains links to all files in MyCompany.Common. Effectively, the two projects are identical but simply targeted differently, which is why we decided that using non-namespacey characters would be illustrative).
Comment 1 dean.ellis 2013-08-15 08:44:35 UTC
I get a slightly different error in Visual Studio and Xamarin Studio (on Mac)

When creating a project called My.App(Android) the application builds and deploys without any problems however at runtime I get the following

[MonoDroid] Could not load type 'My.AppAndroid.MainActivity, My.App(Android), Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null'.

I will continue to investigate
Comment 2 dean.ellis 2013-08-15 08:50:47 UTC
The work around for this is to keep the Project names as MyCompany.Common(Android) but change the Application name in the Properties to just MyCompany.Common. 

This will allow you to keep the project names separate but the resulting assembly will not have the (Android) in it.