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Adding references to Xamarin.Android native project breaks references when VS 2015 is restarted.
## Steps to replicate
1. File > New > Project... > Android > Blank App (Android)
2. Right-click project and go to Manage NuGet Packages
3. Add packages (I used Xamarin.Android.Support.v4 among others)
4. Save if necessary and close Visual Studio
5. Re-open Visual Studio and project
## Expected results
References should stay intact.
## Actual results
References appear to be broken. Removing one of the broken references appears to fix the rest.
Related Forum thread:
My version info:
Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2015
Version 14.0.25431.01 Update 3
Microsoft .NET Framework
Installed Version: Professional
LightSwitch for Visual Studio 2015 00322-40000-00000-AA033
Microsoft LightSwitch for Visual Studio 2015
Visual Basic 2015 00322-40000-00000-AA033
Microsoft Visual Basic 2015
Visual C# 2015 00322-40000-00000-AA033
Microsoft Visual C# 2015
Visual C++ 2015 00322-40000-00000-AA033
Microsoft Visual C++ 2015
Visual F# 2015 00322-40000-00000-AA033
Microsoft Visual F# 2015
Windows Phone SDK 8.0 - ENU 00322-40000-00000-AA033
Windows Phone SDK 8.0 - ENU
Application Insights Tools for Visual Studio Package 7.18.00214.2
Application Insights Tools for Visual Studio
ASP.NET and Web Tools 2015.1 14.1.21111.0
ASP.NET and Web Tools 2015.1
ASP.NET Web Frameworks and Tools 2012.2 4.1.41102.0
For additional information, visit http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=309563
ASP.NET Web Frameworks and Tools 2013 5.2.40314.0
For additional information, visit http://www.asp.net/
Azure App Service Tools v2.9.6 14.0.21111.0
Azure App Service Tools v2.9.6
Azure Data Lake Node 1.0
This package contains the Data Lake integration nodes for Server Explorer.
Azure Data Lake Tools for Visual Studio 2.2.2100.0
Microsoft Azure Data Lake Tools for Visual Studio
Common Azure Tools 1.8
Provides common services for use by Azure Mobile Services and Microsoft Azure Tools.
A Visual Studio Extension that brings the GitHub Flow into Visual Studio.
Merq 1.1.14-alpha (21c13c9)
Command Bus, Event Stream and Async Manager for Visual Studio extensions.
Microsoft .NET Core Tools (Preview 2) 14.1.21111.0
Microsoft .NET Core Tools (Preview 2)
Microsoft Azure Hive Query Language Service 2.2.2100.0
Language service for Hive query
Microsoft Azure Mobile Services Tools 1.4
Microsoft Azure Mobile Services Tools
Microsoft Azure Tools 2.9
Microsoft Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 - v2.9.41104.6
Mono Debugging for Visual Studio Mono.Debugging.VisualStudio
Support for debugging Mono processes with Visual Studio.
NuGet Package Manager 3.5.0
NuGet Package Manager in Visual Studio. For more information about NuGet, visit http://docs.nuget.org/.
PreEmptive Analytics Visualizer 1.2
Microsoft Visual Studio extension to visualize aggregated summaries from the PreEmptive Analytics product.
Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.2.40825.00
Python Tools for Visual Studio provides IntelliSense, projects, templates, Interactive windows, and other support for Python developers.
Python Tools for Visual Studio - Django Integration 2.2.40825.00
Provides templates and integration for the Django web framework.
Python Tools for Visual Studio - Profiling Support 2.2.40825.00
Profiling support for Python projects.
SQL Server Data Tools 14.0.60519.0
Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools
Hosting json editor into a tool window
TypeScript tools for Visual Studio
Visual Studio Tools for Universal Windows Apps 14.0.25527.01
The Visual Studio Tools for Universal Windows apps allow you to build a single universal app experience that can reach every device running Windows 10: phone, tablet, PC, and more. It includes the Microsoft Windows 10 Software Development Kit.
Xamarin 184.108.40.2064 (73f58d6)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android.
Xamarin.Android 220.127.116.11 (9578cdc)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.Android.
Xamarin.iOS 10.4.0.123 (35d1ccd)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS.
This happens even on new project with only Xamarin.Android.Support.V4 package added from nuget (with it's dependencies). Interesting behavior is that after force-uninstall one of the references they seems to fix, but after VS restart without installing previously removed package, remaining references are once again broken. This behavior is the same for all broken packages with one exception - Xamarin.Build.Download. After uninstalling that one and restarting VS all references are OK.
The references are broken only when version 0.4.2 of Xamarin.Build.Download is used. Downgrading to 0.4.1 (and Support packages to 24.x.x - automatically) fixes problem.
Also able to replicate locally on VS2017.
Related forum post:
We are working on several fixes with Xamarin Build Download. Please update Xamarin Build Download NuGet to the 0.4.3-beta6 version. We expect to release soon. If you see 0.4.3 (or higher) by the time you read this, please update to that.
Let us know how this version works for you.
Please update Xamarin Build Download to 0.4.3. Version 0.4.3 will fix this defect.