Bug 37136 - Problem with dll reference using HintPath with $(variable) across Visual Studio and Xamarin Studio
Summary: Problem with dll reference using HintPath with $(variable) across Visual Stud...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Tools
Classification: Mono
Component: xbuild ()
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Macintosh Mac OS
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
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Reported: 2015-12-18 06:03 UTC by Nimish Bhonsale
Modified: 2015-12-21 16:19 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
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Description Nimish Bhonsale 2015-12-18 06:03:23 UTC
Hi Team,

I am trying to share a project across Visual Studio 2013 and Xamarin Studio 5.9.5 that uses a dll reference using a HintPath.

I am using the following snippet in the project file that references Example.RefProject.dll using HintPath:

<Reference Include="System" />
<Reference Include="System.Xml" />
<Reference Include="System.Xml.Linq" />
<Reference Include="Example.RefProject">

The project loads fine and compiles successfully for Visual Studio 2013.
However, it does not work for Xamarin Studio and gives following error:
Assembly 'Example.RefProject' not found. Make sure that the assembly exists in disk. If the reference is required to build the project you may get compilation errors.
Could not find support file '/Example.RefProject'.
The reference is also marked with RED exclamation in the Project References.
I think the issue is with using $(CustomVariable) i.e. environment variables inside the HintPath in Xamarin project.

The same works ok when I use the following:
<Reference Include="System" />
<Reference Include="System.Xml" />
<Reference Include="System.Xml.Linq" />
<Reference Include="Example.RefProject">

However, I am constrained to use the $(CustomVariable).

Can someone please confirm this?
Has anyone tried this before or is there any example of using HintPath across Visual Studio 2013 and Xamarin Studio?
Is there any workaround on using $(CustomVariable)?
Comment 1 Chris Hamons 2015-12-21 16:18:46 UTC
This appears to be an xbuild limitation. Moving to the correct project.