Bug 44419 - Unable to build iOS .csproj due with xbuild or msbuild due to error : 'OutputPath' property is not set for this project.
Summary: Unable to build iOS .csproj due with xbuild or msbuild due to error : 'Output...
Status: RESOLVED ANSWERED
Alias: None
Product: Tools
Classification: Mono
Component: xbuild ()
Version: 4.6.0 (C8)
Hardware: Macintosh Mac OS
: Normal normal
Target Milestone: 4.8.0 (C9)
Assignee: Bugzilla
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Reported: 2016-09-16 15:59 UTC by Peter Collins
Modified: 2016-09-16 16:30 UTC (History)
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Description Peter Collins 2016-09-16 15:59:22 UTC
This appears to be related to some of the recent comments in Bug #25480. I'm unable to build an iOS csproj file that belongs to a cross platform solution with xbuild.

The error informs me that I don't have an OutputPath set, which is incorrect. The project has a PropertyGroup which matches the configuration and platform I am providing, and also defines an OutputPath[0]. Additionally, OutputPath is defined in both xbuild and msbuild diagnostic build output, however it still can't be reconciled and the build fails.

[0] https://github.com/xamarin/xamarin-forms-samples/blob/master/WorkingWithColors/iOS/WorkingWithColors.iOS.csproj#L39-L43

### Steps to reproduce ###
1. Download / clone https://github.com/xamarin/xamarin-forms-samples/tree/master/WorkingWithColors
2. nuget restore WorkingWithColors/WorkingWithColors.sln 
3. xbuild /p:Configuration=Debug /p:Platform=iPhone WorkingWithColors/iOS/WorkingWithColors.iOS.csproj

### Xbuild Output ###
https://gist.github.com/pjcollins/ecd62fb12bf48fcd626f7dfd5f9f509a

### MSBuild Output ###
https://gist.github.com/pjcollins/b042bd005189c3a9da36b385100f589b

### Environment ###
macOS 10.11.6
Mono JIT compiler version 4.6.0 (mono-4.6.0-branch/746756c Thu Sep  8 05:39:12 EDT 2016)
Comment 1 Peter Collins 2016-09-16 16:30:20 UTC
Discussed this with Ankit, marking as resolved answered.

"The scenario is that `WorkingWithColors.iOS.csproj`(1) is being built and that references `WorkingWithColors.csproj`(2), so xbuild/msbuild tries to “resolve” that referenced project by trying to run a target for (2). Now, (1) has `OutputPath` set for `Debug|iPhone`, but (2) does not have `Debug|iPhone`, it has `Debug|AnyCPU` instead. And that is valid, because that (1)’s `config|platform` maps to (2)’s `config|platform`, but this *mapping* information is available in the `.sln` file! Which means that if you directly try to build the `csproj` then that mapping info is not available and (2) is built with `Debug|iPhone` and hence it has no `OutputPath` set!

IOW, there is configuration mapping involved here between projects, and that info is present in sln file, so you can’t build the csproj directly"