Bug 5812 - Copy Local files not consistently copied from dependencies
Summary: Copy Local files not consistently copied from dependencies
Alias: None
Product: Xamarin Studio
Classification: Desktop
Component: Project Model ()
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC Mac OS
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Lluis Sanchez
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-06-22 02:11 UTC by Andrew Rondeau
Modified: 2012-06-26 12:15 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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

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Description Andrew Rondeau 2012-06-22 02:11:39 UTC
It appears that "Build Action: Content" from dependancies is not being copied to the output folder. The behavior is reproducible; but somewhat non-deterministic. Some "Build Action: Content" files get copied from dependancies; others don't.

This happens on Mac 10.7.4, MonoDevelop, Mono 2.10.9

This can be reproduced in a project that I've open-sourced:
 git clone https://github.com/GWBasic/ObjectCloud.git
 cd ObjectCloud
 git checkout 583fa93c1e
 open Server/ObjectCloud.sln

After MonoDevelop opens:
1: Right click on the "ObjectCloud" project and select "Build"
2: Right click on the "ObjectCloud" project and select "Show in Finder", then go to bin/Debug
3: Observe that the ObjectCloud project has ObjectCloud.Disk in its References, and that ObjectCloud.Disk has Factories.xml as "Build Action: Content"
4: Observe that ObjectCloud/bin/Debug does not have Factories.xml
5: Observe that ObjectCloud.Disk/bin/Debug HAS Factories.xml

This bug is inconsistant, but repeatable:
6: Observe that ObjectCloud references ObjectCloud.Disk.Implementation
7: Observe that ObjectCloud.Disk.Implementation has Disk.xml as "Build Action: Content"
8: Observe that ObjectCloud/bin/Debug HAS Disk.xml.

Strange, huh? I've been working with this solution since 2008 using various flavors of Visual Studio and MonoDevelop, and this just showed up!
Comment 1 Martin Potter 2012-06-25 21:18:29 UTC
I just encountered this bug while trying to update from a very old version of MonoDevelop. This bug appears to have been introduced back in April as a result of some performance optimizations. The reason it only occurs for some of your file is due to the order in which the projects are referenced.

For instance:

Project A references Project B and Project C
Project B references Project C

If Project B is referenced before Project C in Project A, Project C's "Build Action: Content" (or None) files would not be copied to Project A's build output folder.

If you modify Project A to reference Project C before Project B, then Project C's "Build Action: Content" (or None) files would be copied to Project A's build output folder.

I have submitted a pull request, https://github.com/mono/monodevelop/pull/205, which fixes the issue, as this breaks most of our projects.
Comment 2 Mikayla Hutchinson [MSFT] 2012-06-25 23:05:23 UTC
Merged, thanks!