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Recently our application started generating the following error upon receipt of a WCF response:
"Could not load type System.String while decoding custom attribute"
And sometimes it is relating to "System.Int32" instead...
"Could not load type System.Int32 while decoding custom attribute"
This error occurs inside of the framework, when the response (a successful one) is returned from the WCF service.
If I turn off linking - all is fine.
5.2 is likely your version of Xamarin Studio, not Xamarin.iOS (or you're running something that is nearly three years old).
1. Can you provide your exact version information ?
The easiest way to get exact version information is to use the "Xamarin Studio" menu, "About Xamarin Studio" item, "Show Details" button and copy/paste the version informations (you can use the "Copy Information" button).
2. The types Int32 and String are very unlikely the types being removed. My _guess_ is that it's the parent custom attribute that is (partly) removed by the linker (and affect it's decoding).
Is it possible for you to create a small test case ? or to share your application ? so I can duplicate the issue. Such bugs are uncommon but near impossible to track/guess without a test case (e.g. a lot to people use WCF without issues).
Here is the version info:
Version 5.2.1 (build 1)
Installation UUID: 4908badf-aa1b-4247-90e4-39de694504a8
Mono 3.6.0 ((no/f540f8a)
GTK+ 2.24.23 (Raleigh theme)
Package version: 306000039
Version: 4.14.0 (Starter Edition)
Android SDK: /Users/alangley/Library/Developer/Xamarin/android-sdk-macosx
Supported Android versions:
2.1 (API level 7)
2.2 (API level 8)
2.3 (API level 10)
3.1 (API level 12)
4.0.3 (API level 15)
4.4 (API level 19)
Java SDK: /usr
java version "1.6.0_65"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_65-b14-462-11M4609)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.65-b04-462, mixed mode)
Apple Developer Tools
Xcode 5.1.1 (5085)
Version: 184.108.40.206 (Business Edition)
Build date: 2014-08-01 15:27:48-0400
Release ID: 502010001
Git revision: d06832ce9807d6be24aca225457e8b37c7669f6f
Build date: 2014-08-07 12:10:47-04
Xamarin addins: 1de032531be4cecf2f39dbee3b87aac78204058c
Mac OS X 10.9.4
Darwin adams-mbp 13.3.0 Darwin Kernel Version 13.3.0
Tue Jun 3 21:27:35 PDT 2014
Hmm - test case could be tricky - there is quite a lot of code involved - but I'll see what I can do. I'll try to put together a simple WCF server and app and see if it repro's it. I double I could get clearance to send everything if that fails.
I'll also try forcing the the inclusion of all the attributes that are in the proxy.
Actually, I think the problem goes even deeper.
This has stemmed from the fact that I bought a new Macbook last week, and I'm trying to move my development environment across. This new laptop has the newer OSX as mentioned above.
I cannot even compile to run on the simulator - I get the following error for any dependency which is a ObjC wrapper... and if I remove that dependency, and comment it out - I just get this error for the next native dependency my project has:
error MT5309: Native linking error: warning: ObjC object file (/Users/alangley/Projects/wsamazon/Winscribe/iOS/Author/Code/Mobile.Touch/obj/iPhoneSimulator/Debug/mtouch-cache/libKGStatusBar.a(KGStatusBar.o)) was compiled for iOS Simulator, but linking for MacOSX
error MT5210: Native linking failed, undefined symbol: _NSTextEffectAttributeName. Please verify that all the necessary frameworks have been referenced and native libraries are properly linked in.
error MT5210: Native linking failed, undefined symbol: _NSTextEffectLetterpressStyle. Please verify that all the necessary frameworks have been referenced and native libraries are properly linked in.
error MT5202: Native linking failed. Please review the build log.
I know these are fat binaries which are correctly compiled and linked because the same DLL works just fine on my old laptop.
Hope to get this cleared up soon - I'm flying out to the UK next week and need this machine functioning to take care of the product while I'm away...
adams-mbp:Products alangley$ file libMBProgressHUD.a
libMBProgressHUD.a: Mach-O universal binary with 5 architectures
libMBProgressHUD.a (for architecture armv7): current ar archive random library
libMBProgressHUD.a (for architecture armv7s): current ar archive random library
libMBProgressHUD.a (for architecture i386): current ar archive random library
libMBProgressHUD.a (for architecture x86_64): current ar archive random library
libMBProgressHUD.a (for architecture cputype (16777228) cpusubtype (0)): current ar archive random library
Oh - to clarify - I can compile if I target a physical iPad - no linker errors.
Hmmm... restart of XS and that error went away... biiiizzzaaarrreee
Back to the String Int32 error...
You can try to isolate which assembly has the attribute byt adding a `-linkskip=assembly` (without a file extension). It can be used as a workaround (less costly than totally disabling the linker).
Also have a full builg log (with `-v -v -v -v) attached to the bug report _might_ help too.
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