What? I moved my project to my development server and wanted to build for production and this error came up.
What is sgen.exe anyway? I found the answer on msdn: “The XML Serializer Generator creates an XML serialization assembly for types in a specified assembly in order to improve the startup performance of a when it serializes or deserializes objects of the specified types.”
Hmm… I’m not sure my assembly will be XML serialized. Ever. Then what can I do about it?
Apparently there is a bug in the Visual Studio 2005 for some assemblies when building in release mode. The solution is to disable the generation of the serialization assembly:
- Open the project properties
- Go to the “build” tab
- Find the “Generate serialization assembly” drop-down and choose “Off”
This solved the problem.