February 2008 - Posts

Do .NET 2.0 SP1 Binaries Fail Without SP1?

Do .net 2.0 service pack 1 compiled binaries fail when ran on machines without that service pack?  Developers automatically get force-fed .net 2.0 sp1 when we install VS 2008, which doesn't sound like it should be a big concern typically.  But what about the next time you compile an existing VS 2005 app and deploy on machines without sp1, which would of course be the case for most non-dev machines right now?  I believe I have found a case where this is indeed happening, at least that's the only explanation I can find so far, and it looks like there are a few others reporting things too -- but the details so far are sketchy at best.

I've got an existing .net 2.0 app (written in C#) that calls a 3rd party web service that has always ran just fine.  I needed to make a couple of small updates to my app which did not change anything related to the calling of this web service at all.  Everything works flawlessly on my development pc, which has service pack 1 for .net 2.0, but fails when deployed on my qa server, which does not have service pack 1.  Here are the exception details:

Error type = System.InvalidOperationException
Error Message: There is an error in XML document (5, 2).
Stacktrace:    at System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer.Deserialize(XmlReader xmlReader, String encodingStyle, XmlDeserializationEvents events)
   at System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer.Deserialize(XmlReader xmlReader, String encodingStyle)
   at System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapHttpClientProtocol.ReadResponse(SoapClientMessage message, WebResponse response, Stream responseStream, Boolean asyncCall)
   at System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapHttpClientProtocol.Invoke(String methodName, Object[] parameters)
   at ...


I am able to confirm that the 3rd party does receive my call to this web service, and it is sending the expected response, which I have also confirmed with TcpTrace.  So the problem seems to be that the xml deserialization that is needed to parse the web service response is no longer working the same, and code compiled with sp1 cannot be executed without it.

Can anyone confirm this?  Are there any work-arounds, short of compiling without sp1 or deploying sp1?  By the way, I am in the process of setting up a virtual machine that will just have VS 2005 without sp1 to confirm this if no one else can, and assuming I can confirm this then I'll have to determine if I want to start requiring sp1.

Here's a couple related links, which may or may not be the same problem I'm experiencing:

http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2668654
http://weblogs.asp.net/grobinson/archive/2008/02/13/net-2-0-sp1-shipped.aspx
http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=363583
http://blog.jalil.org/2008/01/27/dep-nxcompat-and-changes-in-net-framework-20-sp1

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