Bug 16301 - Various problems when running xamarin-component.exe on Windows
Summary: Various problems when running xamarin-component.exe on Windows
Alias: None
Product: Components
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Generation ()
Version: N/A
Hardware: PC Windows
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bill Holmes
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-11-17 00:06 UTC by Paul Batum
Modified: 2017-09-26 18:03 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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

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Description Paul Batum 2013-11-17 00:06:59 UTC
I am trying to use xamarin-component from Windows and I got a file not found error:

    PS C:\code\azure-mobile-services\component> .\xpkg\xamarin-component.exe package
    INFO (package): No projects listed, and no_build not given, searching for solutions...
    Running C:\windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\msbuild.exe "/p:Configuration=Release" "C:\code\azure-mobile-services\component\..\quickstart\xamarin.iOS\ZUMOAPPNAME.sln"...
    INFO (package): Creating package in C:\code\azure-mobile-services\component\azure-mobile-services-1.1.xam.
    Running mdoc "update" "--debug" "-LC:\Program Files (x86)\Reference Assemblies\Microsoft\Framework\MonoAndroid\v4.3" "-LC:\Program Files (x86)\Reference Assemblies\Microsoft\Framework\MonoTouch\v1.0" "--import=C:\code\azure-mobile-services\sdk\Managed\src\Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Mobile.Ext.Android\bin\Release\Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Mobile.xml" "-o" "C:\Users\pbatum\AppData\Local\Temp\azure-mobile-services-1.1-635051953\en" "C:\code\azure-mobile-services\sdk\Managed\src\Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Mobile.Ext.Android\bin\Release\Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Mobile.dll"...
    Unhandled Exception: System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception: The system cannot find the file specified
       at System.Diagnostics.Process.StartWithCreateProcess(ProcessStartInfo startInfo)
       at System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(ProcessStartInfo startInfo)
       at Xamarin.Components.Packaging.Utility.Exe(String command, String[] args)
       at Xamarin.Components.Packaging.Creation.PackageCreator.WriteMonodocsUsingXmldocs(ZipOutputStream zipStream, PackageSpec spec)
       at Xamarin.Components.Packaging.Creation.PackageCreator.CreatePackage(PackageSpec spec)
       at Xamarin.Components.PackageCommandHandler.Invoke(String[] args)
       at Xamarin.Components.MainClass.Main(String[] args)

I think the problem is that its looking for mdoc, and not finding it in the lib folder. If I move mdoc.exe and the dll from the lib folder into the same folder, I then get this error:

    mdoc: Could not load file or assembly 'Mono.Cecil, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=0738eb9f132ed756' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.
    See `mdoc help' for more information.

I managed to find this in Program Files(x86)\Xamarin Studio\bin. Then I needed SharpZipLib, and the version in that folder was an older version, so then I had to find version 4.84 of SharpZipLib online somewhere.

Finally, the packaging process worked. But this took a while to figure out. I am not sure how this is supposed to work by default?
Comment 1 Bill Holmes 2017-09-26 18:03:43 UTC
This has been fixed for a while in newer version of xamarin-component.  

Commit 76f9cb14d8f7a83dbacad519db192fe36eaee71d