SmartAssembly build failed + msbuild + tfs

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SmartAssembly build failed + msbuild + tfs

Postby stefaan » Wed May 11, 2011 8:50 am

I have just updated my version of smartassembly to version 6.0. (I uninstalled version 5 and installed version 6).

When i try to build my project using tfs I receive the folowing error.

C:\\Builds\\....\\: error : SmartAssembly build failed:
C:\\Builds\\....\\ : The system cannot find the file specified. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070002)

Here you can find the c# project file
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<UsingTask TaskName="SmartAssembly.MSBuild.Tasks.Build" AssemblyName="SmartAssembly.MSBuild.Tasks, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=7f465a1c156d4d57" />
  <Target Name="BeforeBuild" Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == 'Release' ">
    <CreateProperty Value="true">
      <Output TaskParameter="Value" PropertyName="RunSmartAssembly" />
  <Target Name="AfterBuild" Condition=" '$(RunSmartAssembly)' != '' ">
    <SmartAssembly.MSBuild.Tasks.Build ProjectFile="D:\\{smartAssembly}\\xxx.Sdk.saproj" />

Here you can find the smart assembly project file

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<SmartAssemblyProject ProjectId="{e388b26e-0ab5-4a77-861d-bf9767c5ae4c}" Version="2.0">
    <Configuration Name="Release">
        <ApplicationName />
        <Destination DestinationFileName="..\\Production\\SDK20\\xxx.Sdk.dll" />
            <Assembly AssemblyName="xxx.Sdk, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b602da213aee6670">
                    <ResourcesCompression />
                    <MemberRefsProxy />
                    <Pruning Prune="1">
                        <Exclusion />
                    <Obfuscation Obfuscate="1">
                        <Exclusion />
                    <ControlFlow Obfuscate="1" />
                    <ResourcesPruning />
            <Obfuscation FieldsNameMangling="2" NameMangling="2" />
            <ExceptionReporting Template="res:{SmartExceptions}.1033.dll" />
            <StrongNameSigning KeyFileName="C:\\Resources\\XRD.pfx" Password="****" Sign="1" />
            <OtherProtections AddMetadataStream="1" SuppressIldasm="1" />
            <StringsEncoding />
            <OtherOptimizations />
            <Debugging />
            <FeatureUsageReporting Template="res:SmartUsageWithUIConsentFirstRun1033.dll" />
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Postby Brian Donahue » Thu May 12, 2011 3:37 pm

Thanks for your post. Unfortunately we cannot tell from this information if it's MSBUILD not finding SmartAssembly, SmartAssembly unable to load the project, or something else, like a crypto key that can't be found.

Have you check that you have SmartAssembly.MSBuild.Tasks version in your GAC?
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Postby stefaan » Fri May 13, 2011 7:08 am

I have checked this and, the msbuild dll is present in the gac. I now fixed this by executing smart assembly using the command line interface.
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Postby michaelb6 » Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:55 am

On 64-bit there are 2 msbuild.exe:

1) c:\\windows\\Microsoft.NET\\Framework64\\v4.0.30319\\msbuild.exe

fails with
Smartassembly failes with The system cannot find the file specified. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070002)

2) c:\\windows\\Microsoft.NET\\Framework\\v4.0.30319\\msbuild.exe
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Postby rs » Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:24 am

This problem exists because the SmartAssembly setup does not write the install path to the 64bit portion of the registry - therefore when running under the 64bit msbuild process the smartassembly msbuild task cannot find the location of

You can fix this particular problem by setting this value manually:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Red Gate\\SmartAssembly 6\\Path="C:\\Program Files\\Red Gate\\SmartAssembly 6\\"
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