Bug 41849 - Issues with AggregateCatelog (CompositionContainer) in MEF
Summary: Issues with AggregateCatelog (CompositionContainer) in MEF
Alias: None
Product: Installers
Classification: Mono
Component: General ()
Version: 4.2.0 (C6)
Hardware: PC Linux
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Alexander Köplinger [MSFT]
Depends on:
Reported: 2016-06-15 13:02 UTC by Howard Glenn Inman
Modified: 2016-07-04 20:01 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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

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Description Howard Glenn Inman 2016-06-15 13:02:33 UTC
The code below (even if a valid (Not Null) AggregateCatalog is provided) gives the error.

System.MissingMethodException: Method 'Array.Empty' not found.

                using (CompositionContainer container = new CompositionContainer((AggregateCatalog)null))
Comment 1 Howard Glenn Inman 2016-06-17 18:44:36 UTC
An update that might help you debug.

This code will throw the "System.MissingMethodException: Method 'Array.Empty' not found." error.

        #region Container
        /// <summary>
        /// Gets the container.
        /// </summary>
        /// <value>The container.</value>
        private CompositionContainer ContainerOrig
                if(null == _Container)
                    _Container = new CompositionContainer(Catalog);

                return _Container;

However after using IlSpy to see what is going on in System.ComponentModel.Composition.Hosting I created this Change (so I don't pass an empty array. Hope this helps

        private CompositionContainer Container
                if (null == _Container)
                    ComposablePartExportProvider partExport = new ComposablePartExportProvider(CompositionOptions.Default);
                    CatalogExportProvider catalogExport = new CatalogExportProvider(Catalog, CompositionOptions.Default);

                    ExportProvider[] providers = new ExportProvider[1];
                    providers[0] = new AggregateExportProvider(new ExportProvider[]

                    _Container = new CompositionContainer(Catalog, CompositionOptions.Default, providers);
                    partExport.SourceProvider = _Container;
                    catalogExport.SourceProvider = _Container;

                return _Container;
Comment 2 Howard Glenn Inman 2016-06-17 20:06:10 UTC
I think I spoke to soon.
I will keep looking into a work around
Comment 3 Howard Glenn Inman 2016-06-19 19:26:10 UTC
I have verified that that does resolve the issue for this problem, perhaps it can lead you to a better resolution

Comment 4 Rodrigo Kumpera 2016-07-04 19:57:14 UTC
I think Array.Empty was later added to 4.4. Howard, can you try with that version?

Alexander, can you help us with this one?
Comment 5 Alexander Köplinger [MSFT] 2016-07-04 20:01:20 UTC
That is correct, Array.Empty<T> was added in Mono 4.4.

I tried the code you posted in #c0 and it doesn't throw the exception for me. I'm closing this, please reopen if you run into issues with Mono 4.4. Thanks!