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4/9/2018 8:56 AM

I have built a module which works fine in my development environment.  I used Chris Hammond's templates and the latest DNN9 build. It isn't happy though when I take the generated install zip file and add it as an extension to another DNN instance.

Specifically it seems that my generated install file doesn't contain all the relevant assemblies that are needed.  Should they automatically be included or am I supposed to edit the manifest myself?

The particular problem is that I'm using the Newtonsoft JSON.  The version included in DNN9 is V7.0.1.  My module is built  using V11.0.2. My install zip only contains one dll; the module assembly , without any of its dependent assemblies (such as the Newtonsoft 11.0.2 dll).  So when it installs it then throws up errors when it can't find the relevant dll.

I had assumed the install build process would include all the relevant files in the install file and its manifest, am I wrong?

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4/9/2018 1:24 PM

There are two places where you must manually add these dependencies yourself. 

The first is in the ModulePackage.targets file. In here add a line in two places:

    <Copy SourceFiles="$(MSBuildDnnBinPath)\$(AssemblyName).dll" DestinationFolder="$(MSBuildProjectDirectory)\Package\bin"/>

    <Copy SourceFiles="@(SqlDataProviderFiles)" DestinationFolder="$(MSBuildProjectDirectory)\Package\%(RecursiveDir)" />

    <Copy SourceFiles="@(PackageManifestFiles)" DestinationFolder="$(MSBuildProjectDirectory)\Package" />

    <Copy SourceFiles="@(PackageTxtFiles)" DestinationFolder="$(MSBuildProjectDirectory)\Package" />

    <Copy SourceFiles="$(MSBuildDnnBinPath)\WebGrease.dll" DestinationFolder="$(MSBuildProjectDirectory)\Package\bin"/> 

Edit the last name to reflect the name of the dependency your project needs.

Secondly, edit your .dnn file. Near the bottom of the file you need to list your assembly like so:

<component type="Assembly">








Without this DNN won't know to copy your assemblies to the bin folder.

As a note, I've had issues with using different versions of Newtonsoft. At least in DNN 8 and earlier the admin menu depends on a specific version and if you replace it you'll encounter a lot of issues.

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4/9/2018 1:24 PM

Accidental duplicate.

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4/9/2018 1:42 PM


atm I don't need to add in any additional assemblies, but it is useful to know. 

I've got things going by not adding the latest Newtonsoft version, but by adding a reference to the existing DNN version instead. I can believe that attempting to replace it will cause problems.



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