Bug 44780 - Build output path on OSX box no longer removes "." in project names
Summary: Build output path on OSX box no longer removes "." in project names
Alias: None
Product: Visual Studio Extensions
Classification: Xamarin
Component: iOS ()
Version: 4.3.0 (C9)
Hardware: PC Windows
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2016-09-27 13:41 UTC by Guillaume
Modified: 2016-09-28 16:33 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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

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Description Guillaume 2016-09-27 13:41:03 UTC
## Steps to reproduce
  1. Create a new iOS project from Visual Studio
  2. Enable IPA generation for Release configuration
  3. Start a new Release build

## Expected behavior
Output path on the OSX box should still be the same as previous Xamarin versions:  ~/Library/Caches/Xamarin/mtbs/builds/MyProjectWithoutDots/ProjectGUID/bin/iPhone/Release

## Actual Behavior
Since Xamarin VS 4.2, output path on the OSX box has changed to include back dots: ~/Library/Caches/Xamarin/mtbs/builds/My.Project.With.Dots/ProjectGUID/bin/iPhone/Release

## Versions
Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise 2015
Version 14.0.25431.01 Update 3
Microsoft .NET Framework
Version 4.6.01586

Xamarin (c4382f5)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android.

Xamarin Inspector Support (4d868da)
Adds support for inspecting Xamarin and WPF apps.

Xamarin.Android (0e59c36)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.Android.

Xamarin.iOS (6c3fee4)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS.

## Remarks
Those dots where removed nearly 2 years ago, which broke our CI at that time. Now those dots are back, which again broke our CI.
Last update (Xamarin VS 4.0/4.1) also introduced same kind of breaking changes with a new timestamped drop folder (and then a new way to fix it).

Those are little changes and relatively easy to handle once you know about them but:
  - They induce work on CI where this is definitively something we have not. Once it works, we expect it to be reliable and not lose a day in useless fixes then testing.
  - They are badly documented and most of the time buried in the release notes. You simply end up in loosing time to test and understand what is going wrong.

Also, those dots are still removed in the executable, .app and .ipa. I am just hoping this is not also going to change in the future.

This bug report is not to again remove those dots (I really don't want to lose time with this thing again!), but to ask for stability and consistency between releases!
Perhaps those kind of changes could be kept for bigger releases which happen less often (at least a year or few) and inserted all at a time?
Comment 1 Jose Gallardo 2016-09-28 16:33:55 UTC
Hi @Guillaume,

I'm very sorry for the inconvenience. Point taken. Perhaps having a Breaking changes dedicated section on the release notes / communications can also help?

We do try to avoid such changes in general, but there are some cases where the fix is needed. We'll try to find out the best way to make future breaking changes as visible and discoverable as possible to at least minimize the effort of understanding what's going on.