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On Android, I have a linker.xml file with build action LinkDescription, but it is being completely ignored by the build. I can even put invalid content in it and my build still succeeds.
The build output suggests the linker is aware of the description:
11> LinkMode: Full
11> LinkSkip: ReactiveUI;ReactiveUI.XamForms
This is latest stable, btw:
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Hello? Anyone? This is kind of super critical :/
Works OK with my test case.
Could you please attach your project (or simplified version of it)? So that I can replicate the issue?
I tried all manner of things to get this working (failing) in a standalone project, but it worked every time. I had offline discussions with Jon Douglas and we came to the conclusion that the linker config just doesn't work the way I thought it did/should.
Hence, closing this and never using linker configuration again. Instead, will just use dummy classes.