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global tool - appsettings.json

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Steps to reproduce

I am developing a global tool, and the first thing it does is in it’s entry point, is load some configuration from a local appsettings.json file.

var config = new ConfigurationBuilder()
        .AddCommandLine(args)																	.Build();

My csproj looks like this:

<Project Sdk="Microsoft.NET.Sdk">


    <None Update="appsettings.json">

I dotnet pack the tool and can see the appsettings.json file included along side the .dll inside the nuget package. I upload the nuget package to an internal feed. I install the tool somewhere using: dotnet tool install dotnet-foo --tool-path ./my-tool --add-source “

The tool installs successfully. However when I run the tool, it crashes as it cannot find the appsettings.json file. Looking in the tool install directory, there is no appsettings.json file.

Expected behaviour

Tool can be distributed with content files such as appsettings.json

Actual behavior

Tool is installed missing content files such as appsettings.json.

Environment data

dotnet --info output:

Version: 2.1.401 Commit: 91b1c13032

Runtime Environment: OS Name: Windows OS Version: 10.0.17134 OS Platform: Windows RID: win10-x64 Base Path: C:\Program Files\dotnet\sdk\2.1.401\

Host (useful for support): Version: 2.1.3 Commit: 124038c13e

Issue Analytics

  • State:closed
  • Created 5 years ago
  • Reactions:1
  • Comments:13 (1 by maintainers)

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wli3commented, Oct 28, 2018

@dazinator in the program you explicitly state the BasePath is the current directory. And once you install it on your path the CurrentDirectory depends on what is your shell at. CLI does carry the appsettings.json file but it is stored in the same directory of dlls. To access it you need to read it like the following

using Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Reflection;
using System.IO;

namespace appsettingrepro
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            string assemblyFolder = Path.GetDirectoryName(Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().Location);

            var config = new ConfigurationBuilder()
	        .SetBasePath(assemblyFolder) // !!

            var dict = new Dictionary<string, string>();

dazinatorcommented, Oct 27, 2018

It looks like you installed it using --tool-path not -g for global.

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