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Bruce Axtens
Bruce Axtens

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When Assembly.LoadFrom doesn't do what you expect

Today I re-discovered the value of RTFM (Read The Friendly Manual). I was wondering why

var assem = Assembly.LoadFrom("packages\Google.Apis.Core.1.21.0\lib\net45\Google.Apis.Core.dll");
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was giving me, for assem.FullName

Google.Apis.Core, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=4b01fa6e34db77ab
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It's all explained in the dotnet api documentation, specifically

If an assembly with the same identity is already loaded, LoadFrom returns the loaded assembly even if a different path was specified.

This is an explanation that stops me heading off to DEV or StackOverflow for help (that would inevitably point me to the friendly documentation that I should have read in the first instance). For all that, it's still VERY annoying.

A solution to my problem was found at (hmm) read the docs

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