Bug 36537 - Building a xamarin.ios solution with MS build only (without visual studio installation) fails
Summary: Building a xamarin.ios solution with MS build only (without visual studio ins...
Alias: None
Product: Visual Studio Extensions
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Installer ()
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC Windows
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
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Reported: 2015-12-03 15:56 UTC by Sebastien Van Bruaene
Modified: 2016-05-18 14:37 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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

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Description Sebastien Van Bruaene 2015-12-03 15:56:40 UTC
I installed xamarin.ios on our build server. My goal is not to install visual studio on this machine and only use msbuild as I do for all my build server projects. However the xamarin.ios build has a dependency on following msbuild targets file:

C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\14.0\Microsoft.Common.Targets\ImportAfter\Xamarin.Common.targets

This file seems to be installed by the xamarin visual studio plugin installer only. It should be installed by the xamarin.ios installer instead.

Best regards,

Comment 1 Jose Gallardo 2016-05-18 14:37:43 UTC
Hi Sebastien,

You should be able to use our msi and install the Xamarin.iOS SDK but not any VS plugin, and build successfully from the command line.

There were already some improvements on that experience, and this scenario should be supported in our current stable build (XVS 4.0.4).

I'm marking the bug as resolved, but please feel free to reopen it if you're still facing issues on this scenario, and share your environment info and a diagnostic build output.