Using the ReferenceManager Dialog in a custom MPF project RRS feed

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  • Hi everybody

    In my MPF project on Visual Studio 2012, I've implementing a Reference Manager dialog with IVsReferenceManager::ShowReferenceManager method due the fact that I want to manage my custom project's references

    I work with the standard provider FileReferenceProvider that is suitable for me.

    The problem is that project references already referenced from my project are not displayed with a checkbox, even though I set IVsProjectReference.AlreadyReference = true after calling CreateReference and AddReference on the context.

    The code is the following:

    1. ProjectNode::AddProjectReference implement the following (see

    var referenceManager = this.GetService(typeof(SVsReferenceManager)) as IVsReferenceManager;
    if (referenceManager != null)
    SR.GetString(SR.AddReferenceDialogTitle, CultureInfo.CurrentUICulture),

    return VSConstants.S_OK;

    return VSConstants.E_FAIL;

    2. My ProjectNode class implement the interface  IVsReferenceManagerUser

    3.  The Method GetProviderContext() is the following


    public Array GetProviderContexts()
       var referenceManager = this.GetService(typeof(SVsReferenceManager)) as IVsReferenceManager;
       var myContext = referenceManager.CreateProviderContext(VSConstants.FileReferenceProvider_Guid) as IVsFileReferenceProviderContext;
       myContext.BrowseFilter = "My file (*.txt)|*.txt|All files (*.*)|*.*";
       myContext.DefaultBrowseLocation = "my path of txt file";
       foreach (CustomReferenceNode node in GetReferenceContainer().EnumReferences().OfType<CustomReferenceNode>())
        IVsReference reference = myContext.CreateReference() as IVsReference;
            reference.Name = node.Caption;
            reference.FullPath = node.FullPath;
            reference.AlreadyReferenced = true

        return new[] { myContext as IVsReferenceProviderContext };


     Seem that AlreadyReferenced property is not evaluated...

    Any thoughts are much appreciated

    Thanks in advance.



    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 9:49 AM

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  • Hi Ariel71,

    Could you please upload your sample MEF project in OneDrive and share the link so that I can easily reproduce your problem?

    Thanks very much!

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    Thursday, January 15, 2015 7:00 AM