Bug 7358 - AdHoc Distribution reverts back to Debug version
Summary: AdHoc Distribution reverts back to Debug version
Alias: None
Product: Xamarin Studio
Classification: Desktop
Component: iOS add-in ()
Version: 3.0.x
Hardware: Macintosh Mac OS
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jeffrey Stedfast
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-09-20 16:11 UTC by Allie Miller
Modified: 2012-09-22 09:04 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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

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Description Allie Miller 2012-09-20 16:11:21 UTC
Case #17205

When trying to create an AdHoc distribution, MonoDevelop always creates a debug version instead of an adHoc version.

When project options set to AdHoc and perform a rebuild, MonoDevelop ignores the setting and creates a Debug version, ie,
it puts the archive in the Debug folder instead of the AdHoc folder. After rebuilding MonoDevelop resets the project setting to Debug.

The apple dev and distribution files are all OK. The iPhone version of app behaves normally and we can distribute it to testers successfully.

System Info:
Installation UUID: ad65256f-a781-4491-a274-bb7446d14683
Mono 2.10.9 (tarball)
GTK 2.24.10
GTK# (
Package version: 210090011
Apple Developer Tools:
Xcode 4.4.1 (1488)
Build 4F1003
Monotouch: 6.0.0
Mono for Android: Not Installed

Build information:
Release ID: 30004007
Git revision: ea0108260c6a376ecaeffcdb7d03387bd51edda3
Build date: 2012-09-17 14:09:17+0000
Xamarin addins: ec43fd5cb223ead4234a9858d1b56eef03dad53a-dirty
Operating System:
Mac OS X 10.8.1
Darwin mars-2.aubs.malenga.net 12.1.0 Darwin Kernel Version 12.1.0
Tue Aug 14 13:29:55 PDT 2012
root:xnu-2050.9.2~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64
Comment 1 Mikayla Hutchinson [MSFT] 2012-09-20 17:42:19 UTC
I can't reproduce this from the description. Do you have repro steps?
Comment 2 Aubrey 2012-09-21 03:18:11 UTC

I can reproduce the problem:

1. Create new iPad project 
2. Set up project options for AdHoc distribution
3. Rebuild project
4. Compilation only produces a Debug configured archive instead of AdHoc
5. Go back to project options 
   - the project now shows a Debug configuration instead of AdHoc - meaning the project setting ALWAYS shows and performs a compile using a Debug configuration.

Bottom Line:

It's not possible to create an AdHoc distribution. I always get a large Debug compiled file. Nothing gets put in the AdHoc directory.

My dev environment is as listed in Case #17205

Comment 3 Jeffrey Stedfast 2012-09-21 14:01:10 UTC
Hi Aubrey,

Did you select "Ad-Hoc|iPhone" from the drop-down menu in MonoDevelop's main toolbar?

The Project Options dialog is only used for setting up the build options for each build configuration, it is not used to tell MonoDevelop which build configuration to use when building.
Comment 4 Aubrey 2012-09-22 04:33:00 UTC
Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks! My error was selecting Distribution|iPhone from the MonoDevelop drop down.  What is the difference between Ad-Hoc|iPhone and Distribution|iPhone settings? 

Thanks again for the help!

Comment 5 Jeffrey Stedfast 2012-09-22 09:04:40 UTC
Are you sure it says "Distribution|iPhone"? There's no such configuration that we set up for your project by default that is called "Distribution".

We only setup:


Perhaps you meant Release|iPhone?

Ad-Hoc and AppStore are based on the Release configuration, except that they both default to your Distribution code-signing key (instead of Developer code-sign key). Ad-Hoc also enables the IPA build step.