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Strongly named assembly won't load

Hi,

I have a C++ managed assembly (.dll) which links to a bunch of native
libraries. Everything works fine if I don't make the managed assembly a
strongly named one.

Once I make it a strongly named assembly by adding the following attribute:

[assembly:System ::Reflection::A ssemblyKeyFile( "pub_pri.sn k")];

my test application (C# Test.exe) fails to load it and gives me the
following error:

An unhandled exception of type 'System.IO.File LoadException' occurred in
Test.exe

Additional information: Could not load file or assembly
'Rimage.Rapid.A pi.D, Version=2.0.6.1 , Culture=neutral ,
PublicKeyToken= 6a6da59bfa86aa0 7' or one of its dependencies. Strong name
validation failed. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8013141A)

As far as I can tell I followed all the steps to strongly name an assembly
correctly.

I do recall reading somewhere that when a strongly named assembly links or
references a not strongly named assembly it is not considered a strongly
named assembly. Since my managed assembly links to native libraries, and I
assumed native libraries cannot be considered strongly named, can my managed
assembly every be strongly named? Is this why it doesn't load?

Thanks in advance, Dave
Jul 30 '07 #1
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