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I have linked files that are all committed in using Subversion. In a separate instance of MonoDevelop I pull the latest version of the solution which updates a few of the files. In the other instance of MonoDevelop (that has links to those files that have just been updated in the linked solution) the intellisense does not update with the new methods or properties.
It looks like the second instance of MD hasn't detected that the files changed. But I'm not sure whether this is the job of the project system or the subversion VCS system, or whether the C# parser isn't subscribing to the events correctly.
If you have the files open in the other instance of MonoDevelop, does the source editor detect that they changed?
@mhutch: It's subscribed to file change events. I think it is the code that checks for file changes when the IDE gets focus - it should handle links.
I think it's the project system - it should keep a table of the file links and yield file changed events for linked files as well.
The latest Xamarin studio (as of September 2013) has the same bug. Linking to a file and intellisense not seeing the relevant namespace. Rebooting Xamarin Studio fixes the problem.
I've described the problem in great detail - scroll to the bottom of http://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/8150/linking-to-core-files-official-instructions-don-t-work-and-xamarin-studio-alpha-bugs where the title is "THE BUG WHERE XAMARIN STUDIO DOESN'T SEE LINKED NAMESPACES". A clear reproducible set of steps is offered.
Hopefully this now provides all the information needed to make progress on this bug which seems to have been reported a year ago.
I tried adding linked file to 4 additional projects and modifying linked file and changes were correctly reflected across all projects. I'm closing this as not reproducible. This was mostly likely fixed over past 3 years.