Add managed assemblies to GAC programmatically?


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Jeff Johnson

Let's pretend I really really really don't like ClickOnce and I want to
implement my own updating process. Let's also say that I want the update
process to be able to add new assemblies to the GAC. Since gacutil.exe no
longer comes with the .NET framework by default, I can't simply shell out to
it, so I was wondering if there is a way to add assemblies to the GAC via
managed code.

Please note that I'm not talking about registering an assembly with COM or
COM+. I know there are things out there like the RegistrationServices class
and the System.EnterpriseServices namespace, but all the (admittedly few)
things I've read about them suggest that they're oriented towards COM/COM+.
 
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Michael Nemtsev

Hello Jeff,

use GAC API, which is not documented http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;317540

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JJ> Let's pretend I really really really don't like ClickOnce and I want
JJ> to implement my own updating process. Let's also say that I want the
JJ> update process to be able to add new assemblies to the GAC. Since
JJ> gacutil.exe no longer comes with the .NET framework by default, I
JJ> can't simply shell out to it, so I was wondering if there is a way
JJ> to add assemblies to the GAC via managed code.
JJ>
JJ> Please note that I'm not talking about registering an assembly with
JJ> COM or COM+. I know there are things out there like the
JJ> RegistrationServices class and the System.EnterpriseServices
JJ> namespace, but all the (admittedly few) things I've read about them
JJ> suggest that they're oriented towards COM/COM+.
JJ>
 
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