Step 2: Checking for Previously Referenced Assemblies

If the requested assembly has also been requested in previous calls, the common language runtime uses the assembly that is already loaded. This can have ramifications when naming assemblies that make up an application. For more information about naming assemblies, see Assembly Names.

If a previous request for the assembly failed, subsequent requests for the assembly are failed immediately without attempting to load the assembly. Starting with the .NET Framework version 2.0, assembly binding failures are cached, and the cached information is used to determine whether to attempt to load the assembly.


To revert to the behavior of the .NET Framework versions 1.0 and 1.1, which did not cache binding failures, include the <disableCachingBindingFailures> Element in your configuration file.

See Also


<disableCachingBindingFailures> Element


How the Runtime Locates Assemblies

Step 1: Examining the Configuration Files

Step 3: Checking the Global Assembly Cache

Step 4: Locating the Assembly through Codebases or Probing

Partial Assembly References