[mapguide-internals] About the WiX installer

Jackie Ng jumpinjackie at gmail.com
Mon Mar 2 03:28:16 EST 2009

Ah yes! The quoted DefineConstants property does the trick! The trio is

- Jackie

Jason Birch wrote:
> Jackie, did you check out these links already?
> http://is.gd/lelb
> http://is.gd/lenK
> Another option may be to use environmental variables.  E.g.:
> <?if $(env.MyVar) = BlahBlah ?>
>   <?include MyConfig.wxs ?>
> <?endif ?>
> I think that ideally most of the configuration parameters would be stored
> in include files, and then the configuration ID (file name) would be
> passed via a single parameter.  This would allow us to have standard
> configuration files, but would also allow developers to maintain their own
> config files for custom in-house installers, etc.  For ease of build
> scripting it may be desirable to pass in a build number / name or
> something too though (e.g. "r3423" or "2.1 RC-1") so that the script
> doesn't have to create the config file on the fly.
> I wonder if it would be hard to modify Paraffin to use a relative path. 
> As far as I know it's open source, and I think the author would likely
> welcome the contribution.  You're using the current version that works
> with WiX 3.0, right?  Alternately, it may be worthwhile to look at
> heat.exe, but because this doesn't parse an existing wxs, I don't see it
> as a stable way of maintaining GUIDs.
> As an aside, this is definitely worth reading; explains how WiX deals with
> relative paths, search paths, etc:
> http://is.gd/lmYC
> Jason
> ________________________________
> From: Jackie Ng
> Sent: Sun 2009-03-01 5:15 PM
> To: mapguide-internals at lists.osgeo.org
> Subject: Re: [mapguide-internals] About the WiX installer
> About the "build everything" batch files.
> I've put in top-level batch files for:
> - MapGuide (Server and Web)
> - Maestro
> And so far, they run beautifully. But I can't complete the holy trinity,
> because the wix installer part is tripping me up. This is because:
> 1. The paraffin regeneration scripts use a hard-coded path.
> 2. I can't seem to pass custom wix pre-processor values from msbuild.
> 1. can be solved via environment variables or parameterization.
> 2. I have no idea. The msbuild method of passing values doesn't work :-)
> I guess I could bypass msbuild and directly use the wix tools (candle,
> light, etc) for more fine-grained control, but I would like to stick with
> msbuild if possible. Any ideas?
> - Jackie
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