Bug 45300 - Custom linker configuration no longer working on Android
Summary: Custom linker configuration no longer working on Android
Alias: None
Product: Android
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Linker ()
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC Windows
: High major
Target Milestone: 7.1 (C9)
Assignee: Radek Doulik
Depends on:
Reported: 2016-10-12 03:29 UTC by Kent
Modified: 2016-12-08 21:51 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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

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Description Kent 2016-10-12 03:29:38 UTC
On Android, I have a linker.xml file with build action LinkDescription, but it is being completely ignored by the build. I can even put invalid content in it and my build still succeeds.

The build output suggests the linker is aware of the description:

11>    LinkMode: Full
11>    LinkSkip: ReactiveUI;ReactiveUI.XamForms
11>    LinkDescriptions:
11>      linker.xml
Comment 1 Kent 2016-10-12 04:02:09 UTC
This is latest stable, btw:

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Comment 2 Kent 2016-10-25 06:07:08 UTC
Hello? Anyone? This is kind of super critical :/
Comment 3 Radek Doulik 2016-12-08 18:50:22 UTC
Works OK with my test case.

Could you please attach your project (or simplified version of it)? So that I can replicate the issue?
Comment 4 Kent 2016-12-08 21:51:41 UTC
I tried all manner of things to get this working (failing) in a standalone project, but it worked every time. I had offline discussions with Jon Douglas and we came to the conclusion that the linker config just doesn't work the way I thought it did/should.

Hence, closing this and never using linker configuration again. Instead, will just use dummy classes.