Cannot find command 'dotnet ef' and then dotnet-ef.dll isn't in the right folder?

'dotnet ef' refusing to work

There I am, on a Saturday morning trying to create an Entity Framework Core structure for an existing database, and apparently there's no dotnet ef available to me.

After running  dotnet tool install --global dotnet-ef  to install it, it still didn't work, spitting out the error:

The application to execute does not exist: 'C:\Users\robertwray\.dotnet\tools\.store\dotnet-ef\2.2.4-servicing-10062\dotnet-ef\2.2.4-servicing-10062\tools\netcoreapp2.2\any\dotnet-ef.dll'

The tool had been installed into %UserProfile%\.dotnet\tools\.store\dotnet-ef, but into a folder called 2.2.4, rather than the folder name that appeared to be expected. Copying the 2.2.4 folder to 2.2.4-servicing-10062 appears to grant me access to dotnet ef, but I did have to also rename a 2.2.4 folder to 2.2.4-servicing-10062 further down the folder tree that aims to get to  dotnet-ef.dll before the path would match that which was expected and let dotnet ef work.

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I've been interested in computing since the day my Dad purchased his first business PC (an Amstrad PC 1640 for anyone interested) which introduced me to MS-DOS batch programming and BASIC.

My skillset has matured somewhat since then, which you'll probably see from the posts here. You can read a bit more about me on the about page of the site, or check out some of the other posts on my areas of interest.


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    Thank you for this. not even sure wth happened.

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    Thank you!!!!

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