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When I run the Xamarin Update app on my installation (OS X 10.8.2) I get an error dialogue: "Started with incorrect parameters". Updating from within Xamarin Studio itself yields no problems.
Ide.log contained the following:
Starting Xamarin Studio
Initializing Main Window
WARNING [2013-03-12 15:21:47Z]: First run content index not found.
Error: did not find one of the files in sources//Library/Frameworks/Mono.framework/External/monodoc/MonoAndroid-man
How exactly did you start Xamarin Update? It's hidden inside the Xamarin Studio app bundle and is not intended to be started directly.
Oh, I see. Well Alfred (the popular OS X utility) shows it up when I type "Xamarin" in the search box. It might actually be nice if one could run this utility standalone. Sometimes one wishes to make sure they're up to date without starting up a whole IDE. :)
It doesn't show up in Spotlight AFAICT, so Alfred must be doing some kind of inspection inside app bundles.
You can't run it standalone because all it does is to install updates. The actual downloading is done by Xamarin Studio.
Ah I see, fair enough then. Perhaps a command-line option for Xamarin Studio to install updates without launching the entire IDE would be appropriate however?
I'm not sure why Alfred looks inside app bundles, but they are of course just normal directories as far as the filesystem is concerned.
For now, I changed the error message to something a bit clearer.