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How to automatically add package reference into project file after installing .NET package?
Just getting into F#, finally figured out how to add .NET packages to projects, but the way I managed to get it to work doesn't make sense. Once the package is installed (either with
paket), I have to manually add a reference to the project file (either by editing it directly or with
dotnet add package). This extra step is usually automated with other languages, so I presume that I'm doing something wrong.
These are the steps I did on a Mac M1:
nix-shell -p dotnet-sdk_7
Follow all the steps in Get started with F# with command-line tools - .NET | Microsoft Learn. (No errors.)
paketfollowing the install guide.
Follow the walkthrough on adding dependencies.
- created the
src/App/paket.referenceswith the the line
dotnet paket install
Once done, simply added
src/App/Program.fs, and ran
dotnet restorefollowed by
dotnet build, which blew up with
error FS0039: The namespace or module 'FSharpPlus' is not defined.
The fix was simple enough,
dotnet add src/App/App.fsproj package "FSharpPlus" --version "1.5.0"
but it's hard for me to believe that one has to add these references manually for each package.
update: Alright, I'm officially clueless. Just out of curiosity, I added
open Giraffe.Htmx to
src/App/Program.fs, then ran
dotnet add src/App/App.fsproj package "Giraffe.Htmx" --version "1.9.6" dotnet build
and everything worked... So what is the point of using