Currently, it’s a little hard to find your way around the github
repository. To make our crazy directory structure manageable from the
command line, the DLR and Languages teams have a developer bat file
which sets up paths and helpful aliases to make jumping to important
directories and building easy. It was not initially included in the
IronRuby github repository because of aliases for non-applicable things.
However, in an effort to make life easier when working out of github,
I’ve extracted meaningful aliases here:

Extract the contents into the root of your local repository, and run
dev.bat to initialize your environment. This will give you msbuild on
your path if you have the VS SDK installed, and give you aliases to
navigate the tree and build IronRuby and IronPython (see alias.txt).
Currently the Silverlight build aliases don’t work, but that’ll be fixed

Unfortunately xbuild doesn’t quite work to build for Mono, so you’ll
have to stick with rake compile. I’d be open to having dev.bat detect
the platform and load a alias file for building on Mono.

These will be added to the github repository shortly, but it requires
some refactoring in our internal repo to make sure the aliases work in
both places.


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