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AppDomain won't recycle on web.config change since 1.1 to 2.0 swit

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This has been working perfectly for months. Since we switched from ASP.NET
1.1 to 2.0, we have constant and sporadic issues with updating our
applications.

Touching the web.config works about 40% of the time to cause an AppDomain to
reload and flush all assemblies. Sometimes it works perfectly, but other
times some Assemblies are not reloaded into the AppDomain, even after
multiple web.config file touches. Sometimes multiple versions of the same
assembly are loaded, even though the web.config clearly defines the correct
version to load.

Sometimes, we have to force the entire app pool to recycle before the
assemblies load correctly. No amount of web.config touching will fix it.

Most of the time some assemblies will load, and randomly other assemblies
will not load.

We are receiving 2 primary error messages:

System.IO.FileLoadException: The located assembly's manifest definition does
not match the assembly reference. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131040)

The type 'Core.CMS.Page' is ambiguous: it could come from assembly
'C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\Core\4.2.100.6__3262 59bf81ba92e7\AmeriCommerce.dll'
or from assembly
'C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\Core\4.2.100.8__3262 59bf81ba92e7\AmeriCommerce.dll'. Please specify the assembly explicitly in the type name.

My environment is as follows:

Multiple web servers access a DFS share for the home directory for a site.

Automated update system adds new versioned assemblies to the GAC on the web
servers.

Web.Config file is updated with all new assembly versions.

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Stefan Barlow
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Mar 1 '07 #1
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Hi Stefan,

Based on my understanding, this issue only occurs after you've migrated
your web application to 2.0?

I cannot seem to find some related or known issue for such symptom in our
internal support database. As a general troubleshooting method, you could
turn on the Fusion log to see why the assembly loading is failing. Please
follow the steps in this blog to learn how to generate the fusion log and
post here for further investigation:

#Suzanne Cook's .NET CLR Notes : Debugging Assembly Loading Failures
http://blogs.msdn.com/suzcook/archiv.../29/57120.aspx
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Mar 1 '07 #2

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I am absolutely positive it started with the switch to 2.0.

We will look into the Fusion logs, thanks. I'll post my findings.

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Stefan Barlow
MCSD.Net
"Walter Wang [MSFT]" wrote:
Hi Stefan,

Based on my understanding, this issue only occurs after you've migrated
your web application to 2.0?

I cannot seem to find some related or known issue for such symptom in our
internal support database. As a general troubleshooting method, you could
turn on the Fusion log to see why the assembly loading is failing. Please
follow the steps in this blog to learn how to generate the fusion log and
post here for further investigation:

#Suzanne Cook's .NET CLR Notes : Debugging Assembly Loading Failures
http://blogs.msdn.com/suzcook/archiv.../29/57120.aspx
Sincerely,
Walter Wang (wa****@online.microsoft.com, remove 'online.')
Microsoft Online Community Support

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Mar 1 '07 #3

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The code continues the old version, but after touching the web.config it also
loads the new code version into the app domain. When I call a page with this
code on it:

System.Web.HttpRuntime.UnloadAppDomain();

And re-load the page, all works as expected. There is definaltely an issue
with how it is watching the web.config. Possibly due to using the DFS share.

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"Stefan Barlow" wrote:
I am absolutely positive it started with the switch to 2.0.

We will look into the Fusion logs, thanks. I'll post my findings.

--
Stefan Barlow
MCSD.Net
"Walter Wang [MSFT]" wrote:
Hi Stefan,

Based on my understanding, this issue only occurs after you've migrated
your web application to 2.0?

I cannot seem to find some related or known issue for such symptom in our
internal support database. As a general troubleshooting method, you could
turn on the Fusion log to see why the assembly loading is failing. Please
follow the steps in this blog to learn how to generate the fusion log and
post here for further investigation:

#Suzanne Cook's .NET CLR Notes : Debugging Assembly Loading Failures
http://blogs.msdn.com/suzcook/archiv.../29/57120.aspx
Sincerely,
Walter Wang (wa****@online.microsoft.com, remove 'online.')
Microsoft Online Community Support

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Mar 6 '07 #4

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Hi Stefan,

I can not seem to find any known issue related to DFS. Is it possible for
you to try your web site on a normal folder?
Regards,
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Mar 6 '07 #5

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Not with our current configuration.

What I've found is touching the web.config doesn't necessarily cause an app
domain recycle. I added a method to Application_Start to do something to a
file in the root when the app starts back up. It does not fire when I touch
the web.config. When I add and remove a folder in the root, it does fire.
This has temporarily fixed the ambiguous assembly issue, but the whole
concept of an app domain recycle on deleting non-config files is a horrible
solution in our case and I wish we could disable that feature and find
another way. People modify their own sites all day long and we don't want an
app domain reload to be triggered by uploading/removing images

However, this error has not been resolved by an app domain recycle:
The located assembly's manifest definition does not match the assembly
reference. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131040)

This appeared on sites today that have not been updated in a few days. It
happened to all sites in the app pool regarding a third party assembly that
never changes. I had to recycle the entire app pool to resolve this issue.
This is a biiiig problem.

--
Stefan Barlow
MCSD.Net
"Walter Wang [MSFT]" wrote:
Hi Stefan,

I can not seem to find any known issue related to DFS. Is it possible for
you to try your web site on a normal folder?
Regards,
Walter Wang (wa****@online.microsoft.com, remove 'online.')
Microsoft Online Community Support

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Mar 7 '07 #6

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Here is the Fusion log output from the Manifest issue:

The operation failed.
Bind result: hr = 0x80070002. The system cannot find the file specified.

Assembly manager loaded from:
C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\msco rwks.dll
Running under executable c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\w3wp.exe
--- A detailed error log follows.

=== Pre-bind state information ===
LOG: User = Unknown
LOG: DisplayName = RadEditor, Version=5.6.1.0, Culture=neutral,
PublicKeyToken=852c9eb6525c1b53
(Fully-specified)
LOG: Appbase = file://xxxx/WebData/WebSites/xxxx/xxxx/www/
LOG: Initial PrivatePath = \\xxxx\WebData\WebSites\xxxx\xxxx\www\bin
LOG: Dynamic Base = C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\Temp orary
ASP.NET Files\root\5d8ac2d8
LOG: Cache Base = C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\Temp orary
ASP.NET Files\root\5d8ac2d8
LOG: AppName = db79f8c9
Calling assembly : (Unknown).

===
LOG: Start binding of native image RadEditor, Version=5.6.1.0,
Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=852c9eb6525c1b53.
LOG: IL assembly loaded from
C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC\RadEditor\5.6.1.0__852c9eb 6525c1b53\RadEditor.dll.
WRN: No matching native image found.
LOG: Bind to native image assembly did not succeed. Use IL image.


The operation failed.
Bind result: hr = 0x80070002. The system cannot find the file specified.

Assembly manager loaded from:
C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\msco rwks.dll
Running under executable c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\w3wp.exe
--- A detailed error log follows.

=== Pre-bind state information ===
LOG: User = Unknown
LOG: DisplayName = RadEditor
(Partial)
LOG: Appbase = file://xxxx/WebData/WebSites/xxxx/xxxx/www/

LOG: Initial PrivatePath = \\xxxx\WebData\WebSites\xxxx\xxxx\www\bin
LOG: Dynamic Base = C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\Temp orary
ASP.NET Files\root\2b34cbc5
LOG: Cache Base = C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\Temp orary
ASP.NET Files\root\2b34cbc5
LOG: AppName = 3fc9d41d
Calling assembly : (Unknown).

===
LOG: This bind starts in default load context.
LOG: Using application configuration file:
\\xxxx\WebData\WebSites\xxxx\xxxx\www\web.config

LOG: Using host configuration file:
\\?\C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.Net\Framework\v2.0.50727\ aspnet.config
LOG: Using machine configuration file from
C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\conf ig\machine.config.
LOG: Policy not being applied to reference at this time (private, custom,
partial, or location-based assembly bind).
LOG: The same bind was seen before, and was failed with hr = 0x80070002.
ERR: Unrecoverable error occurred during pre-download check (hr = 0x80070002).
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Stefan Barlow
MCSD.Net
"Walter Wang [MSFT]" wrote:
Hi Stefan,

I can not seem to find any known issue related to DFS. Is it possible for
you to try your web site on a normal folder?
Regards,
Walter Wang (wa****@online.microsoft.com, remove 'online.')
Microsoft Online Community Support

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Mar 7 '07 #7

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Hi Stefan,

Let me summarize the issue so far:

1) You have multiple web servers using a single DFS share (I believe you
already properly configured in IIS to use this DFS share since you need a
specific account to visit that DFS share)

2) Some assemblies used by your web application are installed in GAC; each
web server has auto-update system to update them in GAC and touch
web.config to cause the web application restart

3) This is previously working fine in ASP.NET 1.1; now you've upgraded to
ASP.NET 2.0 and you found touching web.config is not causing the web
application restart and even it did, some assembly will not load correctly
and only restaring the AppPool could solve the problem.

4) You also found that in ASP.NET 2.0, creating a folder in the web site's
root folder will cause the AppDomain restart and you're wondering if
uploading image files will cause it restart too.

Let me know if I've misunderstood or missed anything.

Well, previously in ASP.NET 1.1, touching web.config, global.asax and /bin
will cause AppDomain restart. Now since ASP.NET 2.0 has some special folder
such as App_Code, App_Data, it now will restart the AppDomain whenever a
folder is created/deleted under the root folder. This is by design in 2.0.

#If broken it is, fix it you should : ASP.NET Case Study: Lost session
variables and appdomain recycles
http://blogs.msdn.com/tess/archive/2...dy-lost-sessio
n-variables-and-appdomain-recycles.aspx

I'm not sure why touching web.config didn't cause the AppDomain restart in
your case. As you described, adding a folder will cause it restart,
therefore the FileSystemWatcher (internally used by ASP.NET to detect
changes) should be working correctly. I'm afraid this is an environment
specific scenario that needs live debugging or dump analysis to further
troubleshoot the root cause, which is unfortunately not possible in
newsgroup.

From the fusion log you posted, the problematic assembly is located at your
/bin folder, right? Remeber that updating a file in /bin will cause the
AppDomain restart.

This issue might be related to the 1.1 to 2.0 migration. Have you tried to
create a brand new 2.0 web application following your deployment scenario
and update an assembly used?

At last, I highly recommend you to contact our Customer Support and Service
to fully troubleshooting this issue. With live debugging and dump analysis,
I believe the issue will be more easier and sooner to solve.

Regards,
Walter Wang (wa****@online.microsoft.com, remove 'online.')
Microsoft Online Community Support

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Mar 8 '07 #8

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1) Correct, the DFS has been in use for these web sites for months.
2) All assemblies are in the GAC. We change the version numbers referenced
in the GAC on the web.config and save it.
3) Correct.
4) Correct. Does creating files / folders under a child folder cause this
as well?

All assemblies are in the GAC, we do not have a /bin folder.

Thanks,
--
Stefan Barlow
MCSD.Net
"Walter Wang [MSFT]" wrote:
Hi Stefan,

Let me summarize the issue so far:

1) You have multiple web servers using a single DFS share (I believe you
already properly configured in IIS to use this DFS share since you need a
specific account to visit that DFS share)

2) Some assemblies used by your web application are installed in GAC; each
web server has auto-update system to update them in GAC and touch
web.config to cause the web application restart

3) This is previously working fine in ASP.NET 1.1; now you've upgraded to
ASP.NET 2.0 and you found touching web.config is not causing the web
application restart and even it did, some assembly will not load correctly
and only restaring the AppPool could solve the problem.

4) You also found that in ASP.NET 2.0, creating a folder in the web site's
root folder will cause the AppDomain restart and you're wondering if
uploading image files will cause it restart too.

Let me know if I've misunderstood or missed anything.

Well, previously in ASP.NET 1.1, touching web.config, global.asax and /bin
will cause AppDomain restart. Now since ASP.NET 2.0 has some special folder
such as App_Code, App_Data, it now will restart the AppDomain whenever a
folder is created/deleted under the root folder. This is by design in 2.0.

#If broken it is, fix it you should : ASP.NET Case Study: Lost session
variables and appdomain recycles
http://blogs.msdn.com/tess/archive/2...dy-lost-sessio
n-variables-and-appdomain-recycles.aspx

I'm not sure why touching web.config didn't cause the AppDomain restart in
your case. As you described, adding a folder will cause it restart,
therefore the FileSystemWatcher (internally used by ASP.NET to detect
changes) should be working correctly. I'm afraid this is an environment
specific scenario that needs live debugging or dump analysis to further
troubleshoot the root cause, which is unfortunately not possible in
newsgroup.

From the fusion log you posted, the problematic assembly is located at your
/bin folder, right? Remeber that updating a file in /bin will cause the
AppDomain restart.

This issue might be related to the 1.1 to 2.0 migration. Have you tried to
create a brand new 2.0 web application following your deployment scenario
and update an assembly used?

At last, I highly recommend you to contact our Customer Support and Service
to fully troubleshooting this issue. With live debugging and dump analysis,
I believe the issue will be more easier and sooner to solve.

Regards,
Walter Wang (wa****@online.microsoft.com, remove 'online.')
Microsoft Online Community Support

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Mar 8 '07 #9

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Hi Stefan,

Sorry for delayed reply.

Following document lists actions that will cause the application restart
(search for section "Application Restarts"):

#ASP.NET Application Life Cycle Overview
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms178473.aspx

However, in your particular case, modifying the Web.Config will not cause
the application restart; which means there must be something wrong. Since
it's not reproducible on my side, I really recommend you to contact
Microsoft Customer Support and Service for further troubleshooting.

To answer you question in 4): if the parent folder is a special one such as
App_Code, creating files/folders will surely make the application restart.

Regards,
Walter Wang (wa****@online.microsoft.com, remove 'online.')
Microsoft Online Community Support

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Mar 12 '07 #10

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I'm not trying to hyjack this thread but I'm also experiencing problems
related to IIS/ASP.NET not recognizing writes to web.config that my
application performs.

Specifically I have a web application that provides an interface
allowing authenticated domain users to be written to the "authorization"
section of the web.config file. Since i'm using Integrated Windows
Authentication, these users should then be able to issue the various
HTTP POSTS to the web application. However what I'm seeing is that the
users I add to the web.config file still are unauthorized. IIS/ASP.NET
simply doesn't detect modifications to the web.config file I'm doing
programmatically in my web application using the .NET Configuration /
WebConfigurationManager API.

If I use a non programatic way of modifying the web.config file after a
user has been added i.e. use notepad to open web.config. and save,
without making any changes, then IIS/ASP.NET recognise the change to
web.config and now the users become authorized to use my web
application.

Is this a bug?

-John Gonsalves

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