One of the most valuable pieces of information that you, as a developer, can use to diagnose build problems with your Android, iOS, Mac, or any other type of application is the Build Log. Build Logs are also extremely useful to pass along to Xamarin when things go wrong with your build.
Enabling Diagnostic-Level Verbosity in Your Build Logs
To change the level of verboseness in your Build Logs, you'll need to open your Xamarin Studio Preferences dialog. On Mac, you can find this dialog by opening the
Xamarin Studio menu and selecting the
Preferences item. On Windows, you'll need to go to the
Tools menu and select the
Once the dialog appears, navigate to the
Build panel of the
Projects section and you should see a
Log verbosity setting. The log verbosity drop-down menu offers a number of possible verbosity levels, including
Diagnostic (which is the most verbose).
Where To Find Your Build Log
You can find the Build Log for your project in the
Errors output pad located at the bottom right of your Xamarin Studio IDE window (just below your Text Editor view):
Note: If you do not see the
Errors button, then it might have been closed. To re-enable it, go to the
View menu, navigate down to the
Pads sub-menu and then select
Errors button will display the Error Pad which contains the Build Log as well as the list of errors and warnings that occurred while building your project.
Note: You can easily copy the entire Build Log by using the Control-A shortcut to select all text and then using Control-C to copy the Build Log to your clipboard.