Deploying a ASP.NET Core 3.1 applications have gotten a little more specific than previous versions.
As a .NET Core developer, I enjoy developing applications on an old desktop tower with Linux Mint 19 running on it. Using Rider, I deploy applications using a combination of Google Cloud and Azure dependencies onto an Ubuntu server, with Let's Encrypt securing our apps. We're not using containers yet - despite the hassle of Nginx configuration, we find life on a server to be far preferable - and more performant - to containers. Our only exception to this is App Engine, for specific reasons, but I digress.
We've got a web application that uses Google Cloud's Firestore database for storing web page and blog content. When deploying this app to the server, I ran into an issue regarding I recently ran into an encounter where I tried deploying a .NET Core 3.1 web application to a Linux VM (they just run so much faster - and cheaper - than containers!) when I ran into a deployment issue I hadn't ran into before with my 2.2 apps.
Let me quickly spell out the two errors I ran into in my deployment, and then tell you how I fixed them both.
First I got this:
An assembly specified in the application dependencies manifest (MyApp.deps.json) was not found: package: 'Grpc.Core', version: '1.22.1' path: 'runtimes/linux/native/libgrpc_csharp_ext.x64.so'
After changing my deployment method to specify the framework and and flag my app as self-contained, I ended up getting this:
The library 'hostpolicy.so' required to execute the application was not found
The short answer as to why I was getting this problem was pretty simple - I use
rsync to push my apps into the VM, and my parameters were wrong. I was using
rsync -rC for uploading files. Once I changed my command to
rsync -arvz I could see what was deploying, and everything was syncing correctly.
Because I am deploying from a Linux machine to another Linux machine, everything has been pretty consistent. In fact, if I specify my command in this manner, I can deploy without any issues:
dotnet publish -c Release
However, if you watch the
rsync start syncing, you notice there are a lot of .so files loading into the directory that don't necessarily need to be there.
That's a result of the Runtime Identifier Catalog. .NET Core doesn't know where it's going - it only knows what platform you're compiling on, and assumes you're going to the same general destination. And because no specific version is specified, it assumes
linux, which in turn assumes
unix, which in turn imports all of them.
What does that mean? It means if you're deploying into a 64-bit Linux server, you'd do something like this:
dotnet publish -c Release -r linux-x64
For a 64-bit Ubuntu 18.04 server, you'll want to configure your publish command like so:
dotnet publish -c Release -r ubuntu.18.04-x64 -f netcoreapp3.1
Note that we probably don't need the
-f command since Rider does a good job of specifying the framework version, but it never hurts to throw it in there for good measure - just in case.
The full list of OS runtimes in the Runtime Identifier Catalog can be found at https://github.com/dotnet/runtime/blob/master/src/libraries/pkg/Microsoft.NETCore.Platforms/runtime.json. Make sure you save it somewhere, and use it as a reference when configuring your deployment!
Sample Deployment Script
Here's the script I now use to deploy my web application over SSH into my web server:
#!/bin/sh echo 'stopping app...' ssh -t email@example.com sudo systemctl stop mywebapp.service echo 'building app...' dotnet publish -c Release -r ubuntu.18.04-x64 -f netcoreapp3.1 #--self-contained echo '--------' echo 'syncing build output...' rsync -arvz /my/publish/path/ firstname.lastname@example.org:/var/www/mywebapp/ echo 'starting app...' ssh -t email@example.com sudo systemctl start mywebapp.service echo '--------' echo 'sync complete!'
In another post, I'll list out the steps on how to set up and configure web apps on Ubuntu using Nginx and Let's Encrypt.
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