Moving nuget package folder to a different location (1 level higher)

Hi,

Note: thanks to this post by sebastian belczyk for some help:
http://belczyk.com/2013/02/moving-nuget-packages-directory-outside-solutionss-directory/

This morning I need to relocate my nuget packages folder 1 level higher to allow an offshore team to work parallel with us. Basically, the original solution was cloaked and branched. In the original solution we realised we had 2 places for nuget packages so hence we had to merge them into 1 solution. This mean’t that the branched solution need to match the original other wise we would have lots of reintegration issues.

Firstly, I needed to update my nuget.config file. We had our package located here:
../packages/
But we really needed them here:
../../packages/ – up another level.

Then I needed to close the solution and reopen it for this change to take affect. I found this out as changing the file without restarting meant that nothing changed and my packages were still restoring to the old ../packages/ directory.

Then right click to Manage nuget Packages for Solution …

Then Visual Studio will detect that there is no nuget packages folder on the file system at the location specified:

It will load them when you click restore:

So in summary, I had this file structure:
Soln
— Project
—- packages Folder

And now I have this structure:
Soln
— packages Folder
— Project

thanks
Russ

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Fix already installed nuget packages

Hello,

Sometimes I create a branch and for some reason 1 or 2 projects packages and hence Dlls are wrong. I even try using “Restore Nuget Packages” at solution level from the context menu but this doesn’t always fix it.

The best fix I have found is this:
Update-Package PackageName -ProjectName MyProject -reinstall

So if you have Entity Framework 6.1.2 installed and it got broken in a branch then you could run:


Update-Package EntityFramework -ProjectName MyProject -reinstall

And it will reinstall EF 6.1.2

That is all,

thanks
Russ