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Hi guys, I have problems referencing a dot net assembly containing unmanaged C++ code (IOError: System.IOException: file does not exist: <path><filename>.dll) As I do not encounter these problems with my pure C# libraries I suspect the reason may be the 'unmanaged' nature of some of my C code. Has anyone encountered similar problems? Does anyone have an idea how to fix this problem? I'd be grateful for any feedback..

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Having done some more analysis on my problem, I feel comfortable in stating that the problem does not seem to stem from the unmanaged nature of some of my C++ code, but rather from use of C++ code in general. No matter how I compile my code (pure dot net, mixed, or 'classic' C++), the libraries can't seem to be referenced using IronPython's clr.AddReferenceToFile("..") command. For C#-authored libraries, by contrast, I don't encounter these problems.

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I looked for a quick reply for you in November and didn't find one. Everywhere I looked for an answer seems to indicate that what you're trying to do won't work because IronPython is implemented on top of the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR). I have a little extra time right now, so I'm trying out some solutions on my own. If I find something for you, I'll let you know. In the meantime, the best answer is to implement your C++ code using a COM interface and interact with it that way. As an alternative, you could access the C++ code using C# and then access the C# code from IronPython. Unfortunately, the multiple layers will almost certainly cause speed and reliability problems. Chapter 6 of the book discusses this sort of problem happening with the Standard Library as well. Some modules are missing because they rely on C code to perform their magic. Perhaps someone else will have a better answer to this question and chime in.


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