Created attachment 18354 [details]
System.Net.WebClient.OpenReadAsync/OpenReadTaskAsync do not work for file:// URLs. See the test case attached to this bug report. Compile the test code like this:
mcs -debug webclienttest.cs
and start it like this:
mono --debug webclienttest.exe webclienttest.cs
You'll get the following exception:
System.InvalidCastException: Specified cast is not valid.
at System.Net.WebClient.OpenReadAsyncCallback (System.IAsyncResult result) [0x00000] in /private/tmp/source-mono-4.6.0-c8sr0/bockbuild-mono-4.6.0-branch-c8sr0/profiles/mono-mac-xamarin/build-root/mono-x86/mcs/class/referencesource/System/net/System/Net/webclient.cs:1803
at System.Net.LazyAsyncResult.Complete (System.IntPtr userToken) [0x00047] in /private/tmp/source-mono-4.6.0-c8sr0/bockbuild-mono-4.6.0-branch-c8sr0/profiles/mono-mac-xamarin/build-root/mono-x86/mcs/class/referencesource/System/net/System/Net/_LazyAsyncResult.cs:415
The problem is the following line 1803 in the function "OpenReadAsyncCallback" in the file "mono/mcs/class/referencesource/System/net/System/Net/webclient.cs":
var lazyAsyncResult = (WebAsyncResult) result;
When using file URLs, the incoming result is not a System.Net.WebAsyncResult, instead it is a System.Net.LazyAsyncResult, therefore the type cast fails.
Fixed in master
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