Bad Error message for wildcard usage in directories

Jun 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM

In a nuspec file if you have the files section defined as:

  <file src="bin\*\*.pdb" target="lib" />

Executing a pack results in the extremely unhelpful message of: "Illegal characters in path."

This message really should return something along the lines of "* detected in path location, * wildcard is for filenames, ** wildcard for path locations"

On a separate note, why does this even matter? What benefit do we gain by having this differentiation? I think this just makes it harder to work with. Atleast if the error message is fixed everyone will get the error message and know to use the ** but that goes back to my question here, if you have to learn it from the error message is it helpful?

Jun 9, 2011 at 4:11 PM
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