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Updating NuGet Spec’s Version Numbers in psake

December 3, 2010

As part of our psake build process on a couple of framework libraries, I wanted to add in updating our internal NuGet repository.  The actual .nuspec file is laid out quite simplistically (details); however, the version number is hard coded.

For packages that have a static ‘major’ version, that’s not a bad deal; however, I wanted to keep our package up to date with the latest and greatest versions, so I needed to update that version element.

Since I have the full power of PowerShell at my disposal, modifying an XML file is a cakewalk. Here’s how I went about it.

function build-nuget-package {
	# update nuget spec version number
	[xml] $spec = gc $nuget_spec
	$spec.package.metadata.version = GetBuildNumber

	# rebuild the package using the updated .nuspec file.
	cd $release_directory
	exec { invoke-expression "$nuget pack $nuget_spec" }
	cd $build_directory

GetBuildNumber is an existing psake function I use to snag the AssemblyVersion from \Properties\AssemblyInfo.cs (and return for things like TeamCity). $nuget and $nuget_spec are variables configured in psake that point to the nuget executable and the specification file used by the build script.

Once the package is built, in our Deploy task, we do a simple copy.

task Deploy -depends Release {
	 [ ... cut for brevity ]

	# build and deploy nuget package
	copy-item $release_directory\*.nupkg \\server\nugetshare$

Now the NuGet repository is updated with a new package each time we build. I may refine it and only update the package on major version number changes or something later, but this gets the job done.

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