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Create a strong name for an Assembly for without original source code?

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I've inherited a component that has a reference to a .NET assembly that does not have a strong name. I do not have the source code for the referenced assembly but wish to make it strongly named. The reason for this is that I keep getting the following error when calling this component which contains a reference to an assembly which is not strongly named:

TestHarness.exe is an executable that contains a reference to a strongly named dot net assembly called Foo.dll
Foo.dll contains a reference to a .NET assembly 'Bar' which is not strongly named.

An unhandled exception of type 'System.IO.FileLoadException' occurred in TestHarness.exe

Additional information: The located assembly 'Bar' is not strongly named.

Is it possible to generate a strong name for a .NET component without having the source-code? I've seen some command line tools and tried sn.exe etc but none seem to be able to do this.

I thought a workaround would be to make the referenced assembly strongly named but I do not have the source code.

Or is there another way around this problem using code?

500 points on offer for a solution to put me out of my misery!

Jon
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by:Jigit
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jgianni, in order to compile your assembly with strong name you do not need sources of other assemblies. Only their *.snk file is needed for this purpose. The file contains information about the cryptograffic key. Use the below link for more information:
http://www.dotnetspider.com/Technology/KBPages/406.aspx

HTH,
Jigit
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by:jgianni
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sorted it myself now - original components were Java class files and resolved by using Jbimp with keyfile switch.

Thanks for the help anyway.
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