Bug 20200 - Android Library project type is based on was not found when building from command line
Summary: Android Library project type is based on was not found when building from com...
Alias: None
Product: Android
Classification: Xamarin
Component: MSBuild ()
Version: 4.12.4
Hardware: PC Windows
: Normal normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
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Reported: 2014-05-30 10:20 UTC by Allie Miller
Modified: 2016-12-29 20:41 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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

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Description Allie Miller 2014-05-30 10:20:05 UTC
When attempting to build an Android Library project in Visual Studio 2013, the project builds successfully. However, when you attempt to build the project from the command line, the following error appears:

"The application which this project type is based on was not found"

*Steps to Reproduce*
1) Open attached library project in Visual Studio.
2) Observe that the project builds successfully.
3) Open the command line prompt and attempt to build the project.

*Expected Results*
Project builds successfully from command line.

*Actual Results*
The error message listed above appears

*Version Information*
Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2013
Version 12.0.30501.00 Update 2
Microsoft .NET Framework
Version 4.5.50938

Installed Version: Ultimate

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Comment 2 Mohit Kheterpal 2014-06-02 11:02:36 UTC
I have tried to reproduce this issue but unable to reproduce it.

I am able to build the attached sample in VS 2013 and via command prompt as shown in screencast : http://screencast.com/t/rUtOChscaDO
Comment 3 PJ 2014-06-02 16:17:12 UTC
Mohit, it does look like Allie in comment 1 mentions that this does not happen with every attempt for the user. Also, you may not be building the exact same way. You're building by just passing the solution to msbuild, and the user may be building the project instead.

Allie, any other description of the frequency or reproducibility of the issue? What exactly did you run to reproduce?
Comment 4 Allie Miller 2014-06-02 16:51:13 UTC
One thing to note is that the reported user is running the devenv from the command line (not msbuild as shown in the screencast) with the following:

devenv /Rebuild Debug "projectnamehere.sln"

I know the differences aren't much, but I also used the devenv command from VS2013 with the build switch which resulted in the reported error.

However, in regards to how reproducible it is, is questionable. I haven't gotten this error consistently on every build attempt. I will ask the reported user how often it happens to them and see if I can get more specifics on exact steps to take.
Comment 6 Jonathan Pryor 2014-06-04 16:36:35 UTC
If it works with MSBuild and fails with devenv, then I would suggest using MSBuild. ;-)

That said...

Kzu: Lord of all things VS, do you have any ideas why a build would consistently work with MSBuild and fail with devenv?
Comment 7 Daniel Cazzulino 2016-12-26 18:58:57 UTC
Since we haven't received any further info, we're tentatively closing the issue since this works with the recommended way of building from command-line, which is to use msbuild, rather than devenv.

Please do reopen the issue if that scenario isn't working.