Here is an update on this bug. Based on user feedback, we made a post-beta2 change to allow file-based assembly references to be updated. In VS03, this is equivalent to setting the CopyLocal flag to true and saving the flag and path information in the project file. In VS05, we do not have a project file, so this information is saved into a new type of file called a Refresh file, located in the Bin folder along with the copied assembly. When the compiler sees this file, it will get the path and check to see if a newer copy of the file-based assembly is available and will copy it to the Bin folder if it is found.
For example, if you have a file-based assembly reference to
then your web app will contain
I have changed FDBK27472, which was originally postponed, to reflect this new change. Thank you again for your input -- as you can see it makes a difference!
-- The Web Platform & Tools Team