Vb.net – ClickOnce Deployment Errors


I am trying to deploy a ClickOnce app. It had worked previously when the server was just sitting with .Net 2.0 installed (no SP). Recently the server had 3.5SP1 installed on it and now ClickOnce is failing with the error:

Value does not fall within the expected range inside System.Deployment.

Here is the information posted on the MSDN forums (answers there are generally hit or miss for me) with the call stack:

It was in VS 2005 w/SP1 and I tried changing the path I publish to, changing the installation URL, changing the assembly name, manually controlling versions, running mage -cc, manually removing all application data in %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Apps and even changing deployment servers completely but still get the same error:

Following errors were detected during this operation.
* [3/30/2009 5:35:37 PM] System.ArgumentException
– Value does not fall within the expected range.
– Source: System.Deployment
– Stack trace:
at System.Deployment.Internal.Isolation.IStore.LockApplicationPath(UInt32 Flags, IDefinitionAppId ApId, IntPtr& Cookie)
at System.Deployment.Application.ComponentStore.LockApplicationPath(DefinitionAppId definitionAppId)
at System.Deployment.Application.SubscriptionStore.LockApplicationPath(DefinitionAppId definitionAppId)
at System.Deployment.Application.FileDownloader.PatchFiles(SubscriptionState subState)
at System.Deployment.Application.FileDownloader.Download(SubscriptionState subState)
at System.Deployment.Application.DownloadManager.DownloadDependencies(SubscriptionState subState, AssemblyManifest deployManifest, AssemblyManifest appManifest, Uri sourceUriBase, String targetDirectory, String group, IDownloadNotification notification, DownloadOptions options)
at System.Deployment.Application.ApplicationActivator.DownloadApplication(SubscriptionState subState, ActivationDescription actDesc, Int64 transactionId, TempDirectory& downloadTemp)
at System.Deployment.Application.ApplicationActivator.InstallApplication(SubscriptionState& subState, ActivationDescription actDesc)
at System.Deployment.Application.ApplicationActivator.PerformDeploymentActivation(Uri activationUri, Boolean isShortcut, String textualSubId, String deploymentProviderUrlFromExtension, BrowserSettings browserSettings, String& errorPageUrl)
at System.Deployment.Application.ApplicationActivator.ActivateDeploymentWorker(Object state)

Any help at all would be much appreciated..

The referenced forum is here

Best Solution

I had a similar problem.

The solution for me was that ClickOnce craps out if there is an ampersand in the publish path. Being as I was publishing to the folder for our Research and Development department, i.e. "\serverName\r&d\", this was causing me grief, and was giving me the same uncommunicative "Value does not fall within the expected range" that you are seeing.

I don't know if that will solve your problem, but I feel obliged to suggest it.

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