Bug 31086 - XBuild does not correctly interpret variables in <Link> tag in project file
Summary: XBuild does not correctly interpret variables in <Link> tag in project file
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Tools
Classification: Mono
Component: xbuild ()
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Macintosh Mac OS
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2015-06-12 23:41 UTC by John Colanduoni
Modified: 2015-06-12 23:44 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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

Project which reproduces the bug. (22.93 KB, application/zip)
2015-06-12 23:41 UTC, John Colanduoni

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Description John Colanduoni 2015-06-12 23:41:37 UTC
Created attachment 11595 [details]
Project which reproduces the bug.

When attempting to recursively include files in a project using MSBuild's <Link> tag, xbuild fails to correctly interpret the link. For example, if something along the lines of

<Content Include="..\SourceFolder\**">

is placed in a .csproj file, it will create a file called "LinkFolder\%(RecursiveDir)%(Filename)%(Extension)" in the output directory instead of copying the actual file and placing it with the appropriate file name. The same example works fine with MSBuild/Visual Studio.

I have attached an example where the behavior is demonstrated. Note that it must be built from the command line by xbuild; if it is opened in Xamarin Studio the link element's content will be (partially) urlencoded (i.e. as "%25%28RecursiveDir%29%25%28Filename%29%25%28Extension%29").
Comment 1 John Colanduoni 2015-06-12 23:44:29 UTC
I have also verified that the behavior is still incorrect if one uses '$' instead of '%' (i.e. "LinkFolder\$(RecursiveDir)$(Filename)$(Extension)").