Broken “Publish” functionality in Visual Studio 2015 (feat. GhostDoc)

After installing Visual Studio 2015 along with all of my favourite extensions (including GhostDoc), an existing vNext project setup to publish to Azure could no longer be published.

Right clicking the project and choosing “Publish…” would seemingly do nothing.

Selecting the project and choosing “Build > Publish [ProjectName]” resulted in an error dialog with the following message:

COM object that has been separated from its underlying RCW cannot be used.

After finding a related issue it turned out to be GhostDoc causing the problem. Uninstalling the extension fixed the issue.

The developers of GhostDoc appear to be aware of the issue in the above link, however the fix does not seem to have been rolled into the latest version (v4.9), unless of course it is a separate issue.

I’m looking forward to it being fixed so that I can reinstall what is usually a great extension.

flickr photo by jonfeinstein shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

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  1. I just encountered a very similar issue with GhostDoc, except it was in the Properties page of ASP.NET 5 sites (same error message though). I hope they fix this in GhostDoc soon.

  2. I noticed your thread on their discussion forums. I'll be looking out for any feedback.

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