Bug 15963 - $(SolutionDir) must resolve to an absolute path in PostBuildEvent
Summary: $(SolutionDir) must resolve to an absolute path in PostBuildEvent
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 15964
Alias: None
Product: Tools
Classification: Mono
Component: xbuild ()
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC Windows
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-11-06 09:27 UTC by rryk.ua
Modified: 2013-11-16 14:08 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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

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Description rryk.ua 2013-11-06 09:27:14 UTC
In post build events (created in Visual Studio), $(SolutionDir) is resolved as a relative path to the project dir, while the documentation on http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/42x5kfw4(v=vs.90).aspx says it must be absolute:

$(SolutionDir) - The directory of the solution (defined with drive and path); includes the trailing backslash '\'.

Essentially this creates a problem when writing a command similar to this:

    <PostBuildEvent>xcopy /y /s "$(SolutionDir)ThirdParty\V8.NET\Net40\Release" "$(SolutionDir)FIVES\bin\$(ConfigurationName)\"</PostBuildEvent>

It resolves to

xcopy /y /s "..\..\ThirdParty\V8.NET\Net40\Release" "..\..\FIVES\bin\Debug\"

and fails because current directory is


while solution is located in

Comment 1 Mikayla Hutchinson [MSFT] 2013-11-06 12:04:52 UTC
Do you have this problem when building in xbuild, or only when building in Xamarin Studio?
Comment 2 Mikayla Hutchinson [MSFT] 2013-11-06 12:22:17 UTC
Also, are you certain about that current directory? It should be the project directory, not the output directory. I suspect it's actually a duplicate of bug 15964.
Comment 3 Mikayla Hutchinson [MSFT] 2013-11-15 16:48:36 UTC
Comment 4 Mikayla Hutchinson [MSFT] 2013-11-15 16:48:55 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 15964 ***
Comment 5 rryk.ua 2013-11-16 08:33:40 UTC
That is not the duplicate. In the other bug $(Solution...) variables were completely undefined, but in my case they are defined, although incorrectly.

Given this pre-build event:

        echo $(SolutionDir)
        echo $(ProjectPath)

it prints


but should print


according to MSDN documentation.

I am using Xamarin Studio 4.2.1 (build 1) on Windows.
Comment 6 rryk.ua 2013-11-16 08:36:52 UTC
Additional info:

The project that is being build is located in 


and while it may seem that 


refers to the same folder as


it is not the case, because current directory is set to




refers to

Comment 7 Mikayla Hutchinson [MSFT] 2013-11-16 14:08:52 UTC
I tested the value of $(SolutionDir) after fixing bug 15964 and confirmed it was absolute. Note that the fix did not make it into 4.2.1.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 15964 ***