Dotfuscator User's Guide
Name Mangling

When the linker is merging assemblies, the linker sometimes encounters situations where a name needs to be changed in order to prevent a naming collision. For example, if two of the input assemblies contain private classes with identical names then the linker must change one of the names in order to merge the assemblies.

In most cases, Dotfuscator can safely mangle names (when at least one of the original names is not visible outside its assembly); however, if Dotfuscator sees a case in which there are two visible types with the same name, it cannot safely mangle either name without guidance. It is only in this case where the name mangling policy is used. The default is to halt the build with an error message. Other options are to mangle one of the names and issue a warning, or silently mangle the names.



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