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Alec
Hello,

I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
I am currently doing this by adding the following properties inside of
my .wxs file:
<Wix>
 <Product>
   <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
   <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
...

Is this the right place for these properties?

If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not taking
effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is lower than
4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do I
update the MSI version in my WIX project?

Thanks,

Alec

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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

robmen
I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation. I think it
*gets* set to the log file location.  You can force your package to require
MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.

On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties inside of
> my .wxs file:
> <Wix>
>  <Product>
>   <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
>   <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
> ...
>
> Is this the right place for these properties?
>
> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not taking
> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is lower than
> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do I
> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Alec
>
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Christopher Painter-2
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I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the MsiLogging
property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7 where Explorer / Shell
can lose reference to the installer log file location and it causes the
installer to crash out.    It can manifest itself on uninstall  which means
you are stuck unless you run the uninstall from the command line passing in
an explicit path.

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Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM

To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
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Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property


I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation. I think
it

*gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package to require

MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.


On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]> wrote:


> Hello,

>

> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.

> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties inside of

> my .wxs file:

> <Wix>

> <Product>

> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>

> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>

> ...

>

> Is this the right place for these properties?

>

> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not taking

> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is lower than

> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do I

> update the MSI version in my WIX project?

>

> Thanks,

>

> Alec

>

>

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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Alec
The following thread implied that the file log location can be set
through MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-Logging-td707004.html#a707011

But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.

So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX code
and ideally set the location of the log file? We need to support
Windows XP SP2 and higher.

Thanks,

Alec

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the MsiLogging
> property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7 where Explorer / Shell
> can lose reference to the installer log file location and it causes the
> installer to crash out.    It can manifest itself on uninstall  which means
> you are stuck unless you run the uninstall from the command line passing in
> an explicit path.
>
> ----------------------------------------
>
> From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
>
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
>
> To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
> <[hidden email]>
>
> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>
>
> I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation. I think
> it
>
> *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package to require
>
> MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
>
>
> On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
>
>> Hello,
>
>>
>
>> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
>
>> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties inside of
>
>> my .wxs file:
>
>> <Wix>
>
>> <Product>
>
>> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
>
>> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
>
>> ...
>
>>
>
>> Is this the right place for these properties?
>
>>
>
>> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not taking
>
>> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is lower than
>
>> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do I
>
>> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
>
>>
>
>> Thanks,
>
>>
>
>> Alec
>
>>
>
>>
>
>>
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

John Cooper-2
I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my installers, but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a fair number of install failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

The following thread implied that the file log location can be set through MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-Logging-td707004.html#a707011

But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.

So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX code and ideally set the location of the log file? We need to support Windows XP SP2 and higher.

Thanks,

Alec

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
> MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7 where
> Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log file location
> and it causes the installer to crash out.    It can manifest itself on
> uninstall  which means you are stuck unless you run the uninstall from
> the command line passing in an explicit path.
>
> ----------------------------------------
>
> From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
>
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
>
> To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
> <[hidden email]>
>
> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>
>
> I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation. I
> think it
>
> *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package to
> require
>
> MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
>
>
> On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
>
>> Hello,
>
>>
>
>> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
>
>> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties inside
>> of
>
>> my .wxs file:
>
>> <Wix>
>
>> <Product>
>
>> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
>
>> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
>
>> ...
>
>>
>
>> Is this the right place for these properties?
>
>>
>
>> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not taking
>
>> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is lower than
>
>> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do I
>
>> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
>
>>
>
>> Thanks,
>
>>
>
>> Alec
>
>>
>
>>
>
>>
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>>
>
>
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Adam Kadzban
Alec,

As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX because
you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to before actually
starting the MSI.  You need some sort of bootstrapper that calls msiexec
with the logging options. I've used IExpress in the past, but I think I'll
be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.

-Adam

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper <[hidden email]>wrote:

> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my installers,
> but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a fair number of install
> failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
>
> --
> John Merryweather Cooper
> Build & Install Engineer - ESA
> Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.®
> Shawnee Mission, KS  66227
> Office:  913-341-3434 x791011
> [hidden email]
> www.jackhenry.com
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>
> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set through
> MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
>
> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-Logging-td707004.html#a707011
>
> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
>
> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX code and
> ideally set the location of the log file? We need to support Windows XP SP2
> and higher.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Alec
>
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7 where
> > Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log file location
> > and it causes the installer to crash out.    It can manifest itself on
> > uninstall  which means you are stuck unless you run the uninstall from
> > the command line passing in an explicit path.
> >
> > ----------------------------------------
> >
> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
> >
> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
> >
> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
> > <[hidden email]>
> >
> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
> >
> >
> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation. I
> > think it
> >
> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package to
> > require
> >
> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> >
> >> Hello,
> >
> >>
> >
> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
> >
> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties inside
> >> of
> >
> >> my .wxs file:
> >
> >> <Wix>
> >
> >> <Product>
> >
> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
> >
> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
> >
> >> ...
> >
> >>
> >
> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
> >
> >>
> >
> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not taking
> >
> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is lower than
> >
> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do I
> >
> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
> >
> >>
> >
> >> Thanks,
> >
> >>
> >
> >> Alec
> >
> >>
> >
> >>
> >
> >>
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Alec
Adam,

This post indicates that it is possible to set MSI property from WIX:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexshev/archive/2009/05/16/from-msi-to-wix-part-23-dll-custom-actions-logging-and-setting-properties.aspx

If this is true, shouldn't I be able to use this approach to set some
kind of MSI property to force logging and/or configure location of the
log file?

Enabling logging seems to be a pretty common question on the WIX
forum, can we have WIX team to provide a recommendation on how to do
this?

Thanks,

Alec

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Kadzban
<[hidden email]> wrote:

> Alec,
>
> As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX because
> you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to before actually
> starting the MSI.  You need some sort of bootstrapper that calls msiexec
> with the logging options. I've used IExpress in the past, but I think I'll
> be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.
>
> -Adam
>
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper <[hidden email]>wrote:
>
>> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my installers,
>> but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a fair number of install
>> failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
>>
>> --
>> John Merryweather Cooper
>> Build & Install Engineer - ESA
>> Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.®
>> Shawnee Mission, KS  66227
>> Office:  913-341-3434 x791011
>> [hidden email]
>> www.jackhenry.com
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>
>> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set through
>> MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
>>
>> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-Logging-td707004.html#a707011
>>
>> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
>>
>> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX code and
>> ideally set the location of the log file? We need to support Windows XP SP2
>> and higher.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Alec
>>
>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter <[hidden email]>
>> wrote:
>> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
>> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7 where
>> > Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log file location
>> > and it causes the installer to crash out.    It can manifest itself on
>> > uninstall  which means you are stuck unless you run the uninstall from
>> > the command line passing in an explicit path.
>> >
>> > ----------------------------------------
>> >
>> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
>> >
>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
>> >
>> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
>> > <[hidden email]>
>> >
>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>> >
>> >
>> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation. I
>> > think it
>> >
>> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package to
>> > require
>> >
>> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
>> >
>> >
>> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> >
>> >
>> >> Hello,
>> >
>> >>
>> >
>> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
>> >
>> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties inside
>> >> of
>> >
>> >> my .wxs file:
>> >
>> >> <Wix>
>> >
>> >> <Product>
>> >
>> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
>> >
>> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
>> >
>> >> ...
>> >
>> >>
>> >
>> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
>> >
>> >>
>> >
>> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not taking
>> >
>> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is lower than
>> >
>> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do I
>> >
>> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
>> >
>> >>
>> >
>> >> Thanks,
>> >
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Wilson, Phil-2
You can't set MsiLogFileLocation, as the MSDN docs pretty much say. You can try to set it but it's ineffective. If you set it in the property table it just gets overwritten. If you set it with a type 51 it just gets ignored.

Phil W

-----Original Message-----
From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:09 AM
To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Adam,

This post indicates that it is possible to set MSI property from WIX:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexshev/archive/2009/05/16/from-msi-to-wix-part-23-dll-custom-actions-logging-and-setting-properties.aspx

If this is true, shouldn't I be able to use this approach to set some
kind of MSI property to force logging and/or configure location of the
log file?

Enabling logging seems to be a pretty common question on the WIX
forum, can we have WIX team to provide a recommendation on how to do
this?

Thanks,

Alec

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Kadzban
<[hidden email]> wrote:

> Alec,
>
> As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX because
> you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to before actually
> starting the MSI.  You need some sort of bootstrapper that calls msiexec
> with the logging options. I've used IExpress in the past, but I think I'll
> be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.
>
> -Adam
>
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper <[hidden email]>wrote:
>
>> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my installers,
>> but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a fair number of install
>> failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
>>
>> --
>> John Merryweather Cooper
>> Build & Install Engineer - ESA
>> Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.®
>> Shawnee Mission, KS  66227
>> Office:  913-341-3434 x791011
>> [hidden email]
>> www.jackhenry.com
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>
>> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set through
>> MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
>>
>> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-Logging-td707004.html#a707011
>>
>> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
>>
>> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX code and
>> ideally set the location of the log file? We need to support Windows XP SP2
>> and higher.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Alec
>>
>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter <[hidden email]>
>> wrote:
>> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
>> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7 where
>> > Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log file location
>> > and it causes the installer to crash out.    It can manifest itself on
>> > uninstall  which means you are stuck unless you run the uninstall from
>> > the command line passing in an explicit path.
>> >
>> > ----------------------------------------
>> >
>> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
>> >
>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
>> >
>> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
>> > <[hidden email]>
>> >
>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>> >
>> >
>> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation. I
>> > think it
>> >
>> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package to
>> > require
>> >
>> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
>> >
>> >
>> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> >
>> >
>> >> Hello,
>> >
>> >>
>> >
>> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
>> >
>> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties inside
>> >> of
>> >
>> >> my .wxs file:
>> >
>> >> <Wix>
>> >
>> >> <Product>
>> >
>> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
>> >
>> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
>> >
>> >> ...
>> >
>> >>
>> >
>> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
>> >
>> >>
>> >
>> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not taking
>> >
>> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is lower than
>> >
>> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do I
>> >
>> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
>> >
>> >>
>> >
>> >> Thanks,
>> >
>> >>
>> >
>> >> Alec
>> >
>> >>
>> >
>> >>
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Alec
Phil, thank you for sharing your experience.

I would like to keep this thread active until we get a definite answer
from the WIX team. Whether it is "You can't enable MSI logging in the
current version of WIX but will be available in version x.x" or "This
is how you do this ..." - it will still be very helpful.

Thanks,

Alec

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Wilson, Phil <[hidden email]> wrote:

> You can't set MsiLogFileLocation, as the MSDN docs pretty much say. You can try to set it but it's ineffective. If you set it in the property table it just gets overwritten. If you set it with a type 51 it just gets ignored.
>
> Phil W
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:09 AM
> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>
> Adam,
>
> This post indicates that it is possible to set MSI property from WIX:
> http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexshev/archive/2009/05/16/from-msi-to-wix-part-23-dll-custom-actions-logging-and-setting-properties.aspx
>
> If this is true, shouldn't I be able to use this approach to set some
> kind of MSI property to force logging and/or configure location of the
> log file?
>
> Enabling logging seems to be a pretty common question on the WIX
> forum, can we have WIX team to provide a recommendation on how to do
> this?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Alec
>
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Kadzban
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> Alec,
>>
>> As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX because
>> you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to before actually
>> starting the MSI.  You need some sort of bootstrapper that calls msiexec
>> with the logging options. I've used IExpress in the past, but I think I'll
>> be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.
>>
>> -Adam
>>
>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper <[hidden email]>wrote:
>>
>>> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my installers,
>>> but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a fair number of install
>>> failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
>>>
>>> --
>>> John Merryweather Cooper
>>> Build & Install Engineer - ESA
>>> Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.®
>>> Shawnee Mission, KS  66227
>>> Office:  913-341-3434 x791011
>>> [hidden email]
>>> www.jackhenry.com
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
>>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>>
>>> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set through
>>> MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
>>>
>>> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-Logging-td707004.html#a707011
>>>
>>> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
>>>
>>> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX code and
>>> ideally set the location of the log file? We need to support Windows XP SP2
>>> and higher.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Alec
>>>
>>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter <[hidden email]>
>>> wrote:
>>> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
>>> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7 where
>>> > Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log file location
>>> > and it causes the installer to crash out.    It can manifest itself on
>>> > uninstall  which means you are stuck unless you run the uninstall from
>>> > the command line passing in an explicit path.
>>> >
>>> > ----------------------------------------
>>> >
>>> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
>>> >
>>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
>>> >
>>> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
>>> > <[hidden email]>
>>> >
>>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation. I
>>> > think it
>>> >
>>> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package to
>>> > require
>>> >
>>> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >> Hello,
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
>>> >
>>> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties inside
>>> >> of
>>> >
>>> >> my .wxs file:
>>> >
>>> >> <Wix>
>>> >
>>> >> <Product>
>>> >
>>> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
>>> >
>>> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
>>> >
>>> >> ...
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not taking
>>> >
>>> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is lower than
>>> >
>>> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do I
>>> >
>>> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> Thanks,
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> Alec
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Wilson, Phil-2
Given that WiX generates MSI files and the MSI MSDN docs say you can't set it, and my testing also indicates that you can't set it, I don't see how you could expect a different answer from the WiX Team! It's nothing to do with WiX, or InstallShield or any other tool that generates MSI files. Setting log file location is something you do on the command line to the install or equivalent (MsiInstallProduct parameter).

Phil W

-----Original Message-----
From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:44 AM
To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Phil, thank you for sharing your experience.

I would like to keep this thread active until we get a definite answer
from the WIX team. Whether it is "You can't enable MSI logging in the
current version of WIX but will be available in version x.x" or "This
is how you do this ..." - it will still be very helpful.

Thanks,

Alec

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Wilson, Phil <[hidden email]> wrote:

> You can't set MsiLogFileLocation, as the MSDN docs pretty much say. You can try to set it but it's ineffective. If you set it in the property table it just gets overwritten. If you set it with a type 51 it just gets ignored.
>
> Phil W
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:09 AM
> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>
> Adam,
>
> This post indicates that it is possible to set MSI property from WIX:
> http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexshev/archive/2009/05/16/from-msi-to-wix-part-23-dll-custom-actions-logging-and-setting-properties.aspx
>
> If this is true, shouldn't I be able to use this approach to set some
> kind of MSI property to force logging and/or configure location of the
> log file?
>
> Enabling logging seems to be a pretty common question on the WIX
> forum, can we have WIX team to provide a recommendation on how to do
> this?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Alec
>
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Kadzban
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> Alec,
>>
>> As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX because
>> you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to before actually
>> starting the MSI.  You need some sort of bootstrapper that calls msiexec
>> with the logging options. I've used IExpress in the past, but I think I'll
>> be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.
>>
>> -Adam
>>
>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper <[hidden email]>wrote:
>>
>>> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my installers,
>>> but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a fair number of install
>>> failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
>>>
>>> --
>>> John Merryweather Cooper
>>> Build & Install Engineer - ESA
>>> Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.®
>>> Shawnee Mission, KS  66227
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>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
>>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>>
>>> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set through
>>> MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
>>>
>>> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-Logging-td707004.html#a707011
>>>
>>> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
>>>
>>> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX code and
>>> ideally set the location of the log file? We need to support Windows XP SP2
>>> and higher.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Alec
>>>
>>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter <[hidden email]>
>>> wrote:
>>> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
>>> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7 where
>>> > Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log file location
>>> > and it causes the installer to crash out.    It can manifest itself on
>>> > uninstall  which means you are stuck unless you run the uninstall from
>>> > the command line passing in an explicit path.
>>> >
>>> > ----------------------------------------
>>> >
>>> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
>>> >
>>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
>>> >
>>> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
>>> > <[hidden email]>
>>> >
>>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation. I
>>> > think it
>>> >
>>> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package to
>>> > require
>>> >
>>> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >> Hello,
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
>>> >
>>> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties inside
>>> >> of
>>> >
>>> >> my .wxs file:
>>> >
>>> >> <Wix>
>>> >
>>> >> <Product>
>>> >
>>> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
>>> >
>>> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
>>> >
>>> >> ...
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not taking
>>> >
>>> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is lower than
>>> >
>>> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do I
>>> >
>>> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> Thanks,
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> Alec
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Edwin G. Castro
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WiX is not in control of the MsiLogFileLocation property. This is functionality provided by Windows Installer.

As mentioned earlier, the log file location must be set before the MSI package is loaded by the Windows Installer engine. This is how Windows Installer works and the WiX team has no control over it.

Please refer to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa372847.aspx for information on Windows Installer Logging. In particular check the Normal Logging  section at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa370536.aspx for an explanation of your options.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:44 AM
> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>
> Phil, thank you for sharing your experience.
>
> I would like to keep this thread active until we get a definite answer from the
> WIX team. Whether it is "You can't enable MSI logging in the current version
> of WIX but will be available in version x.x" or "This is how you do this ..." - it
> will still be very helpful.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Alec
>
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Wilson, Phil <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> > You can't set MsiLogFileLocation, as the MSDN docs pretty much say. You
> can try to set it but it's ineffective. If you set it in the property table it just
> gets overwritten. If you set it with a type 51 it just gets ignored.
> >
> > Phil W
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:09 AM
> > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
> >
> > Adam,
> >
> > This post indicates that it is possible to set MSI property from WIX:
> > http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexshev/archive/2009/05/16/from-msi-to-
> wix
> > -part-23-dll-custom-actions-logging-and-setting-properties.aspx
> >
> > If this is true, shouldn't I be able to use this approach to set some
> > kind of MSI property to force logging and/or configure location of the
> > log file?
> >
> > Enabling logging seems to be a pretty common question on the WIX
> > forum, can we have WIX team to provide a recommendation on how to do
> > this?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Alec
> >
> > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Kadzban
> > <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >> Alec,
> >>
> >> As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX
> >> because you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to
> >> before actually starting the MSI.  You need some sort of bootstrapper
> >> that calls msiexec with the logging options. I've used IExpress in
> >> the past, but I think I'll be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.
> >>
> >> -Adam
> >>
> >> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper
> <[hidden email]>wrote:
> >>
> >>> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my
> >>> installers, but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a
> >>> fair number of install failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
> >>>
> >>> --
> >>> John Merryweather Cooper
> >>> Build & Install Engineer - ESA
> >>> Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.®
> >>> Shawnee Mission, KS  66227
> >>> Office:  913-341-3434 x791011
> >>> [hidden email]
> >>> www.jackhenry.com
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> -----Original Message-----
> >>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> >>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
> >>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> >>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
> >>>
> >>> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set
> >>> through MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
> >>>
> >>> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-Lo
> >>> gging-td707004.html#a707011
> >>>
> >>> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
> >>>
> >>> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX
> >>> code and ideally set the location of the log file? We need to
> >>> support Windows XP SP2 and higher.
> >>>
> >>> Thanks,
> >>>
> >>> Alec
> >>>
> >>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter
> >>> <[hidden email]>
> >>> wrote:
> >>> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
> >>> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7
> >>> > where Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log
> >>> > file location and it causes the installer to crash out.    It can
> >>> > manifest itself on uninstall  which means you are stuck unless you
> >>> > run the uninstall from the command line passing in an explicit path.
> >>> >
> >>> > ----------------------------------------
> >>> >
> >>> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
> >>> >
> >>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
> >>> >
> >>> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
> >>> > <[hidden email]>
> >>> >
> >>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
> >>> >
> >>> >
> >>> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation. I
> >>> > think it
> >>> >
> >>> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package to
> >>> > require
> >>> >
> >>> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
> >>> >
> >>> >
> >>> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> >>> >
> >>> >
> >>> >> Hello,
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
> >>> >
> >>> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties
> >>> >> inside of
> >>> >
> >>> >> my .wxs file:
> >>> >
> >>> >> <Wix>
> >>> >
> >>> >> <Product>
> >>> >
> >>> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
> >>> >
> >>> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
> >>> >
> >>> >> ...
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not taking
> >>> >
> >>> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is lower
> >>> >> than
> >>> >
> >>> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do I
> >>> >
> >>> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> Thanks,
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> Alec
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >>
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Chad Petersen
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I was also going to point out that Rob already responded with the same info and you don't get much more "WiX Team" than that.

-----Original Message-----
From: Wilson, Phil [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:07 AM
To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Given that WiX generates MSI files and the MSI MSDN docs say you can't set it, and my testing also indicates that you can't set it, I don't see how you could expect a different answer from the WiX Team! It's nothing to do with WiX, or InstallShield or any other tool that generates MSI files. Setting log file location is something you do on the command line to the install or equivalent (MsiInstallProduct parameter).

Phil W

-----Original Message-----
From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:44 AM
To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Phil, thank you for sharing your experience.

I would like to keep this thread active until we get a definite answer
from the WIX team. Whether it is "You can't enable MSI logging in the
current version of WIX but will be available in version x.x" or "This
is how you do this ..." - it will still be very helpful.

Thanks,

Alec

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Wilson, Phil <[hidden email]> wrote:

> You can't set MsiLogFileLocation, as the MSDN docs pretty much say. You can try to set it but it's ineffective. If you set it in the property table it just gets overwritten. If you set it with a type 51 it just gets ignored.
>
> Phil W
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:09 AM
> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>
> Adam,
>
> This post indicates that it is possible to set MSI property from WIX:
> http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexshev/archive/2009/05/16/from-msi-to-wix-part-23-dll-custom-actions-logging-and-setting-properties.aspx
>
> If this is true, shouldn't I be able to use this approach to set some
> kind of MSI property to force logging and/or configure location of the
> log file?
>
> Enabling logging seems to be a pretty common question on the WIX
> forum, can we have WIX team to provide a recommendation on how to do
> this?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Alec
>
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Kadzban
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> Alec,
>>
>> As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX because
>> you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to before actually
>> starting the MSI.  You need some sort of bootstrapper that calls msiexec
>> with the logging options. I've used IExpress in the past, but I think I'll
>> be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.
>>
>> -Adam
>>
>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper <[hidden email]>wrote:
>>
>>> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my installers,
>>> but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a fair number of install
>>> failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
>>>
>>> --
>>> John Merryweather Cooper
>>> Build & Install Engineer - ESA
>>> Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.®
>>> Shawnee Mission, KS  66227
>>> Office:  913-341-3434 x791011
>>> [hidden email]
>>> www.jackhenry.com
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
>>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>>
>>> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set through
>>> MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
>>>
>>> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-Logging-td707004.html#a707011
>>>
>>> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
>>>
>>> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX code and
>>> ideally set the location of the log file? We need to support Windows XP SP2
>>> and higher.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Alec
>>>
>>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter <[hidden email]>
>>> wrote:
>>> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
>>> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7 where
>>> > Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log file location
>>> > and it causes the installer to crash out.    It can manifest itself on
>>> > uninstall  which means you are stuck unless you run the uninstall from
>>> > the command line passing in an explicit path.
>>> >
>>> > ----------------------------------------
>>> >
>>> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
>>> >
>>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
>>> >
>>> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
>>> > <[hidden email]>
>>> >
>>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation. I
>>> > think it
>>> >
>>> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package to
>>> > require
>>> >
>>> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >> Hello,
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
>>> >
>>> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties inside
>>> >> of
>>> >
>>> >> my .wxs file:
>>> >
>>> >> <Wix>
>>> >
>>> >> <Product>
>>> >
>>> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
>>> >
>>> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
>>> >
>>> >> ...
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not taking
>>> >
>>> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is lower than
>>> >
>>> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do I
>>> >
>>> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> Thanks,
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >> Alec
>>> >
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

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A good test anyone can try. Run a command something like this.

MSIEXEC.EXE /L*v C:\Foobar\test.log /I <path to MSI>

For that log folder that you point to make sure the C:\Foobar directly DOES NOT EXIST.

Note how MSIEXEC.EXE will simply error out rather than creating the Foobar folder in which to create the log file.

I feel this shows an example of what Edwin and others are talking about. Log file must be established before MSIEXEC calls into the MSI.

-----Original Message-----
From: Castro, Edwin G. (Hillsboro) [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:10 AM
To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

WiX is not in control of the MsiLogFileLocation property. This is functionality provided by Windows Installer.

As mentioned earlier, the log file location must be set before the MSI package is loaded by the Windows Installer engine. This is how Windows Installer works and the WiX team has no control over it.

Please refer to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa372847.aspx for information on Windows Installer Logging. In particular check the Normal Logging  section at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa370536.aspx for an explanation of your options.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:44 AM
> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>
> Phil, thank you for sharing your experience.
>
> I would like to keep this thread active until we get a definite answer from the
> WIX team. Whether it is "You can't enable MSI logging in the current version
> of WIX but will be available in version x.x" or "This is how you do this ..." - it
> will still be very helpful.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Alec
>
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Wilson, Phil <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> > You can't set MsiLogFileLocation, as the MSDN docs pretty much say. You
> can try to set it but it's ineffective. If you set it in the property table it just
> gets overwritten. If you set it with a type 51 it just gets ignored.
> >
> > Phil W
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:09 AM
> > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
> >
> > Adam,
> >
> > This post indicates that it is possible to set MSI property from WIX:
> > http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexshev/archive/2009/05/16/from-msi-to-
> wix
> > -part-23-dll-custom-actions-logging-and-setting-properties.aspx
> >
> > If this is true, shouldn't I be able to use this approach to set some
> > kind of MSI property to force logging and/or configure location of the
> > log file?
> >
> > Enabling logging seems to be a pretty common question on the WIX
> > forum, can we have WIX team to provide a recommendation on how to do
> > this?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Alec
> >
> > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Kadzban
> > <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >> Alec,
> >>
> >> As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX
> >> because you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to
> >> before actually starting the MSI.  You need some sort of bootstrapper
> >> that calls msiexec with the logging options. I've used IExpress in
> >> the past, but I think I'll be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.
> >>
> >> -Adam
> >>
> >> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper
> <[hidden email]>wrote:
> >>
> >>> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my
> >>> installers, but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a
> >>> fair number of install failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
> >>>
> >>> --
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> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> -----Original Message-----
> >>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> >>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
> >>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> >>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
> >>>
> >>> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set
> >>> through MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
> >>>
> >>> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-Lo
> >>> gging-td707004.html#a707011
> >>>
> >>> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
> >>>
> >>> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX
> >>> code and ideally set the location of the log file? We need to
> >>> support Windows XP SP2 and higher.
> >>>
> >>> Thanks,
> >>>
> >>> Alec
> >>>
> >>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter
> >>> <[hidden email]>
> >>> wrote:
> >>> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
> >>> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7
> >>> > where Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log
> >>> > file location and it causes the installer to crash out.    It can
> >>> > manifest itself on uninstall  which means you are stuck unless you
> >>> > run the uninstall from the command line passing in an explicit path.
> >>> >
> >>> > ----------------------------------------
> >>> >
> >>> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
> >>> >
> >>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
> >>> >
> >>> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
> >>> > <[hidden email]>
> >>> >
> >>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
> >>> >
> >>> >
> >>> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation. I
> >>> > think it
> >>> >
> >>> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package to
> >>> > require
> >>> >
> >>> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
> >>> >
> >>> >
> >>> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> >>> >
> >>> >
> >>> >> Hello,
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
> >>> >
> >>> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties
> >>> >> inside of
> >>> >
> >>> >> my .wxs file:
> >>> >
> >>> >> <Wix>
> >>> >
> >>> >> <Product>
> >>> >
> >>> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
> >>> >
> >>> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
> >>> >
> >>> >> ...
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not taking
> >>> >
> >>> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is lower
> >>> >> than
> >>> >
> >>> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do I
> >>> >
> >>> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> Thanks,
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> Alec
> >>> >
> >>> >>
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

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In addition, the Windows Installer engine starts producing log messages before it loads the MSI package to determine what log file to use.

In short, one can set a log file:
* On the command line
* As an argument to MsiProductInstall()
* In the registry (global and applies to all MSI packages, cannot be changed on a per package basis)

The MsiLogFileLocation property is automatically set by the Windows Installer engine to allow a MSI UI to display the log file location on a dialog. Changing the value of MsiLogFileLocation within the MSI package itself does not change where the Windows Installer engine is logging to (as evidenced by the tests performed by various people).

To automatically set a log file you'll need to use a bootstrapper as was already suggested so that the bootstrapper can set it on the command line or as an argument to MsiProductInstall().

Your system administrator could use the registry approach to control whether all MSI packages generate a log file to a specific folder location with a random: MSI*.LOG name.

This is documented in the MSDN documentation so if anybody wants to use this approach I suggest they check MSDN at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa372847.aspx

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chad Petersen [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:22 AM
> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>
> A good test anyone can try. Run a command something like this.
>
> MSIEXEC.EXE /L*v C:\Foobar\test.log /I <path to MSI>
>
> For that log folder that you point to make sure the C:\Foobar directly DOES
> NOT EXIST.
>
> Note how MSIEXEC.EXE will simply error out rather than creating the Foobar
> folder in which to create the log file.
>
> I feel this shows an example of what Edwin and others are talking about. Log
> file must be established before MSIEXEC calls into the MSI.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Castro, Edwin G. (Hillsboro) [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:10 AM
> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>
> WiX is not in control of the MsiLogFileLocation property. This is functionality
> provided by Windows Installer.
>
> As mentioned earlier, the log file location must be set before the MSI
> package is loaded by the Windows Installer engine. This is how Windows
> Installer works and the WiX team has no control over it.
>
> Please refer to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-
> us/library/windows/desktop/aa372847.aspx for information on Windows
> Installer Logging. In particular check the Normal Logging  section at
> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa370536.aspx
> for an explanation of your options.
>
> Edwin G. Castro
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> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:44 AM
> > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
> >
> > Phil, thank you for sharing your experience.
> >
> > I would like to keep this thread active until we get a definite answer
> > from the WIX team. Whether it is "You can't enable MSI logging in the
> > current version of WIX but will be available in version x.x" or "This
> > is how you do this ..." - it will still be very helpful.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Alec
> >
> > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Wilson, Phil
> > <[hidden email]>
> > wrote:
> > > You can't set MsiLogFileLocation, as the MSDN docs pretty much say.
> > > You
> > can try to set it but it's ineffective. If you set it in the property
> > table it just gets overwritten. If you set it with a type 51 it just gets ignored.
> > >
> > > Phil W
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> > > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:09 AM
> > > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> > > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
> > >
> > > Adam,
> > >
> > > This post indicates that it is possible to set MSI property from WIX:
> > > http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexshev/archive/2009/05/16/from-msi-to-
> > wix
> > > -part-23-dll-custom-actions-logging-and-setting-properties.aspx
> > >
> > > If this is true, shouldn't I be able to use this approach to set
> > > some kind of MSI property to force logging and/or configure location
> > > of the log file?
> > >
> > > Enabling logging seems to be a pretty common question on the WIX
> > > forum, can we have WIX team to provide a recommendation on how to
> do
> > > this?
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > >
> > > Alec
> > >
> > > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Kadzban
> > > <[hidden email]> wrote:
> > >> Alec,
> > >>
> > >> As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX
> > >> because you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to
> > >> before actually starting the MSI.  You need some sort of
> > >> bootstrapper that calls msiexec with the logging options. I've used
> > >> IExpress in the past, but I think I'll be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.
> > >>
> > >> -Adam
> > >>
> > >> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper
> > <[hidden email]>wrote:
> > >>
> > >>> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my
> > >>> installers, but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a
> > >>> fair number of install failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
> > >>>
> > >>> --
> > >>> John Merryweather Cooper
> > >>> Build & Install Engineer - ESA
> > >>> Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.®
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> > >>> Office:  913-341-3434 x791011
> > >>> [hidden email]
> > >>> www.jackhenry.com
> > >>>
> > >>>
> > >>>
> > >>>
> > >>> -----Original Message-----
> > >>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> > >>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
> > >>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> > >>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
> > >>>
> > >>> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set
> > >>> through MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
> > >>>
> > >>> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-
> > >>> Lo
> > >>> gging-td707004.html#a707011
> > >>>
> > >>> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
> > >>>
> > >>> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX
> > >>> code and ideally set the location of the log file? We need to
> > >>> support Windows XP SP2 and higher.
> > >>>
> > >>> Thanks,
> > >>>
> > >>> Alec
> > >>>
> > >>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter
> > >>> <[hidden email]>
> > >>> wrote:
> > >>> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
> > >>> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7
> > >>> > where Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log
> > >>> > file location and it causes the installer to crash out.    It
> > >>> > can manifest itself on uninstall  which means you are stuck
> > >>> > unless you run the uninstall from the command line passing in an
> explicit path.
> > >>> >
> > >>> > ----------------------------------------
> > >>> >
> > >>> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
> > >>> >
> > >>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
> > >>> >
> > >>> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
> > >>> > <[hidden email]>
> > >>> >
> > >>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
> > >>> >
> > >>> >
> > >>> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation.
> > >>> > I think it
> > >>> >
> > >>> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package
> > >>> > to require
> > >>> >
> > >>> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
> > >>> >
> > >>> >
> > >>> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]>
> > wrote:
> > >>> >
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> Hello,
> > >>> >
> > >>> >>
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties
> > >>> >> inside of
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> my .wxs file:
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> <Wix>
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> <Product>
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> ...
> > >>> >
> > >>> >>
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
> > >>> >
> > >>> >>
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not
> > >>> >> taking
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is
> > >>> >> lower than
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do
> > >>> >> I
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
> > >>> >
> > >>> >>
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> Thanks,
> > >>> >
> > >>> >>
> > >>> >
> > >>> >> Alec
> > >>> >
> > >>> >>
> > >>> >
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Alec
Wow, this is a pretty active mailing list. I think we have the
definite answer now.

As you can already tell I am a newbie to WIX, so please take it easy
on me with my next question. What logging mechanism do you normally
use to log messages from your custom actions?

Thanks,

Alec

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM, Castro, Edwin G. (Hillsboro)
<[hidden email]> wrote:

> In addition, the Windows Installer engine starts producing log messages before it loads the MSI package to determine what log file to use.
>
> In short, one can set a log file:
> * On the command line
> * As an argument to MsiProductInstall()
> * In the registry (global and applies to all MSI packages, cannot be changed on a per package basis)
>
> The MsiLogFileLocation property is automatically set by the Windows Installer engine to allow a MSI UI to display the log file location on a dialog. Changing the value of MsiLogFileLocation within the MSI package itself does not change where the Windows Installer engine is logging to (as evidenced by the tests performed by various people).
>
> To automatically set a log file you'll need to use a bootstrapper as was already suggested so that the bootstrapper can set it on the command line or as an argument to MsiProductInstall().
>
> Your system administrator could use the registry approach to control whether all MSI packages generate a log file to a specific folder location with a random: MSI*.LOG name.
>
> This is documented in the MSDN documentation so if anybody wants to use this approach I suggest they check MSDN at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa372847.aspx
>
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Chad Petersen [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:22 AM
>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>
>> A good test anyone can try. Run a command something like this.
>>
>> MSIEXEC.EXE /L*v C:\Foobar\test.log /I <path to MSI>
>>
>> For that log folder that you point to make sure the C:\Foobar directly DOES
>> NOT EXIST.
>>
>> Note how MSIEXEC.EXE will simply error out rather than creating the Foobar
>> folder in which to create the log file.
>>
>> I feel this shows an example of what Edwin and others are talking about. Log
>> file must be established before MSIEXEC calls into the MSI.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Castro, Edwin G. (Hillsboro) [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:10 AM
>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>
>> WiX is not in control of the MsiLogFileLocation property. This is functionality
>> provided by Windows Installer.
>>
>> As mentioned earlier, the log file location must be set before the MSI
>> package is loaded by the Windows Installer engine. This is how Windows
>> Installer works and the WiX team has no control over it.
>>
>> Please refer to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-
>> us/library/windows/desktop/aa372847.aspx for information on Windows
>> Installer Logging. In particular check the Normal Logging  section at
>> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa370536.aspx
>> for an explanation of your options.
>>
>> Edwin G. Castro
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>>
>>
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:44 AM
>> > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>> >
>> > Phil, thank you for sharing your experience.
>> >
>> > I would like to keep this thread active until we get a definite answer
>> > from the WIX team. Whether it is "You can't enable MSI logging in the
>> > current version of WIX but will be available in version x.x" or "This
>> > is how you do this ..." - it will still be very helpful.
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> >
>> > Alec
>> >
>> > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Wilson, Phil
>> > <[hidden email]>
>> > wrote:
>> > > You can't set MsiLogFileLocation, as the MSDN docs pretty much say.
>> > > You
>> > can try to set it but it's ineffective. If you set it in the property
>> > table it just gets overwritten. If you set it with a type 51 it just gets ignored.
>> > >
>> > > Phil W
>> > >
>> > > -----Original Message-----
>> > > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> > > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:09 AM
>> > > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> > > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>> > >
>> > > Adam,
>> > >
>> > > This post indicates that it is possible to set MSI property from WIX:
>> > > http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexshev/archive/2009/05/16/from-msi-to-
>> > wix
>> > > -part-23-dll-custom-actions-logging-and-setting-properties.aspx
>> > >
>> > > If this is true, shouldn't I be able to use this approach to set
>> > > some kind of MSI property to force logging and/or configure location
>> > > of the log file?
>> > >
>> > > Enabling logging seems to be a pretty common question on the WIX
>> > > forum, can we have WIX team to provide a recommendation on how to
>> do
>> > > this?
>> > >
>> > > Thanks,
>> > >
>> > > Alec
>> > >
>> > > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Kadzban
>> > > <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> > >> Alec,
>> > >>
>> > >> As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX
>> > >> because you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to
>> > >> before actually starting the MSI.  You need some sort of
>> > >> bootstrapper that calls msiexec with the logging options. I've used
>> > >> IExpress in the past, but I think I'll be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.
>> > >>
>> > >> -Adam
>> > >>
>> > >> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper
>> > <[hidden email]>wrote:
>> > >>
>> > >>> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my
>> > >>> installers, but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a
>> > >>> fair number of install failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
>> > >>>
>> > >>> --
>> > >>> John Merryweather Cooper
>> > >>> Build & Install Engineer - ESA
>> > >>> Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.®
>> > >>> Shawnee Mission, KS  66227
>> > >>> Office:  913-341-3434 x791011
>> > >>> [hidden email]
>> > >>> www.jackhenry.com
>> > >>>
>> > >>>
>> > >>>
>> > >>>
>> > >>> -----Original Message-----
>> > >>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> > >>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
>> > >>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> > >>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>> > >>>
>> > >>> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set
>> > >>> through MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
>> > >>>
>> > >>> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-
>> > >>> Lo
>> > >>> gging-td707004.html#a707011
>> > >>>
>> > >>> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
>> > >>>
>> > >>> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX
>> > >>> code and ideally set the location of the log file? We need to
>> > >>> support Windows XP SP2 and higher.
>> > >>>
>> > >>> Thanks,
>> > >>>
>> > >>> Alec
>> > >>>
>> > >>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter
>> > >>> <[hidden email]>
>> > >>> wrote:
>> > >>> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
>> > >>> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7
>> > >>> > where Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log
>> > >>> > file location and it causes the installer to crash out.    It
>> > >>> > can manifest itself on uninstall  which means you are stuck
>> > >>> > unless you run the uninstall from the command line passing in an
>> explicit path.
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > ----------------------------------------
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
>> > >>> > <[hidden email]>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation.
>> > >>> > I think it
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package
>> > >>> > to require
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]>
>> > wrote:
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> Hello,
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties
>> > >>> >> inside of
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> my .wxs file:
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> <Wix>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> <Product>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> ...
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not
>> > >>> >> taking
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is
>> > >>> >> lower than
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do
>> > >>> >> I
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> Thanks,
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> Alec
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

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I use a second custom action called WriteToMSILog that I call at specific times from my first custom action to log to the normal log file that everything else writes to. Keeps everything in one log file and is easy to call as needed.

The CDATA portion looks like this (Jscript example)

<![CDATA[
                        try
                        {
                                var szMessage = Session.Property( "WriteToMSILog" );
                                var msiMessageTypeInfo = 0x04000000;//  Informative message for log, not to be displayed.
                                var sDelim = "************************************************************";
                                                                 
                                //Create a record with only one field
                                var oRecord = Session.Installer.CreateRecord( 1 );
                       
                                //Create the full message
                                szFullMessage = sDelim + "\n" + szMessage;
                                       
                                oRecord.StringData( 0 ) = "[1]";
                                oRecord.StringData( 1 ) = szFullMessage;
                       
                                Session.FormatRecord( oRecord );
                                Session.Message( msiMessageTypeInfo, oRecord );  
                               
                                oRecord = null;
                        }
                        catch(e)
                        {
                        }
                ]]>


The call from my first custom action looks like this

Session.Property("WriteToMSILog") = "Process Name: " + pProps[proc];
Session.DoAction("WriteToMSILog");

-----Original Message-----
From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 3:20 PM
To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Wow, this is a pretty active mailing list. I think we have the
definite answer now.

As you can already tell I am a newbie to WIX, so please take it easy
on me with my next question. What logging mechanism do you normally
use to log messages from your custom actions?

Thanks,

Alec

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM, Castro, Edwin G. (Hillsboro)
<[hidden email]> wrote:

> In addition, the Windows Installer engine starts producing log messages before it loads the MSI package to determine what log file to use.
>
> In short, one can set a log file:
> * On the command line
> * As an argument to MsiProductInstall()
> * In the registry (global and applies to all MSI packages, cannot be changed on a per package basis)
>
> The MsiLogFileLocation property is automatically set by the Windows Installer engine to allow a MSI UI to display the log file location on a dialog. Changing the value of MsiLogFileLocation within the MSI package itself does not change where the Windows Installer engine is logging to (as evidenced by the tests performed by various people).
>
> To automatically set a log file you'll need to use a bootstrapper as was already suggested so that the bootstrapper can set it on the command line or as an argument to MsiProductInstall().
>
> Your system administrator could use the registry approach to control whether all MSI packages generate a log file to a specific folder location with a random: MSI*.LOG name.
>
> This is documented in the MSDN documentation so if anybody wants to use this approach I suggest they check MSDN at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa372847.aspx
>
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Chad Petersen [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:22 AM
>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>
>> A good test anyone can try. Run a command something like this.
>>
>> MSIEXEC.EXE /L*v C:\Foobar\test.log /I <path to MSI>
>>
>> For that log folder that you point to make sure the C:\Foobar directly DOES
>> NOT EXIST.
>>
>> Note how MSIEXEC.EXE will simply error out rather than creating the Foobar
>> folder in which to create the log file.
>>
>> I feel this shows an example of what Edwin and others are talking about. Log
>> file must be established before MSIEXEC calls into the MSI.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Castro, Edwin G. (Hillsboro) [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:10 AM
>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>
>> WiX is not in control of the MsiLogFileLocation property. This is functionality
>> provided by Windows Installer.
>>
>> As mentioned earlier, the log file location must be set before the MSI
>> package is loaded by the Windows Installer engine. This is how Windows
>> Installer works and the WiX team has no control over it.
>>
>> Please refer to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-
>> us/library/windows/desktop/aa372847.aspx for information on Windows
>> Installer Logging. In particular check the Normal Logging  section at
>> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa370536.aspx
>> for an explanation of your options.
>>
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>>
>>
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:44 AM
>> > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>> >
>> > Phil, thank you for sharing your experience.
>> >
>> > I would like to keep this thread active until we get a definite answer
>> > from the WIX team. Whether it is "You can't enable MSI logging in the
>> > current version of WIX but will be available in version x.x" or "This
>> > is how you do this ..." - it will still be very helpful.
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> >
>> > Alec
>> >
>> > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Wilson, Phil
>> > <[hidden email]>
>> > wrote:
>> > > You can't set MsiLogFileLocation, as the MSDN docs pretty much say.
>> > > You
>> > can try to set it but it's ineffective. If you set it in the property
>> > table it just gets overwritten. If you set it with a type 51 it just gets ignored.
>> > >
>> > > Phil W
>> > >
>> > > -----Original Message-----
>> > > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> > > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:09 AM
>> > > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> > > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>> > >
>> > > Adam,
>> > >
>> > > This post indicates that it is possible to set MSI property from WIX:
>> > > http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexshev/archive/2009/05/16/from-msi-to-
>> > wix
>> > > -part-23-dll-custom-actions-logging-and-setting-properties.aspx
>> > >
>> > > If this is true, shouldn't I be able to use this approach to set
>> > > some kind of MSI property to force logging and/or configure location
>> > > of the log file?
>> > >
>> > > Enabling logging seems to be a pretty common question on the WIX
>> > > forum, can we have WIX team to provide a recommendation on how to
>> do
>> > > this?
>> > >
>> > > Thanks,
>> > >
>> > > Alec
>> > >
>> > > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Kadzban
>> > > <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> > >> Alec,
>> > >>
>> > >> As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX
>> > >> because you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to
>> > >> before actually starting the MSI.  You need some sort of
>> > >> bootstrapper that calls msiexec with the logging options. I've used
>> > >> IExpress in the past, but I think I'll be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.
>> > >>
>> > >> -Adam
>> > >>
>> > >> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper
>> > <[hidden email]>wrote:
>> > >>
>> > >>> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my
>> > >>> installers, but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a
>> > >>> fair number of install failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
>> > >>>
>> > >>> --
>> > >>> John Merryweather Cooper
>> > >>> Build & Install Engineer - ESA
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>> > >>> www.jackhenry.com
>> > >>>
>> > >>>
>> > >>>
>> > >>>
>> > >>> -----Original Message-----
>> > >>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> > >>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
>> > >>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> > >>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>> > >>>
>> > >>> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set
>> > >>> through MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
>> > >>>
>> > >>> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-
>> > >>> Lo
>> > >>> gging-td707004.html#a707011
>> > >>>
>> > >>> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
>> > >>>
>> > >>> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX
>> > >>> code and ideally set the location of the log file? We need to
>> > >>> support Windows XP SP2 and higher.
>> > >>>
>> > >>> Thanks,
>> > >>>
>> > >>> Alec
>> > >>>
>> > >>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter
>> > >>> <[hidden email]>
>> > >>> wrote:
>> > >>> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
>> > >>> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7
>> > >>> > where Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log
>> > >>> > file location and it causes the installer to crash out.    It
>> > >>> > can manifest itself on uninstall  which means you are stuck
>> > >>> > unless you run the uninstall from the command line passing in an
>> explicit path.
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > ----------------------------------------
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
>> > >>> > <[hidden email]>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation.
>> > >>> > I think it
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package
>> > >>> > to require
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]>
>> > wrote:
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> Hello,
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties
>> > >>> >> inside of
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> my .wxs file:
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> <Wix>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> <Product>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> ...
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not
>> > >>> >> taking
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is
>> > >>> >> lower than
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do
>> > >>> >> I
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> Thanks,
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> Alec
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

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PS: I get things wrong sometimes so feel free to correct me when you find
documentation that contradicts my memory. :)

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM, Chad Petersen <[hidden email]
> wrote:

> I was also going to point out that Rob already responded with the same
> info and you don't get much more "WiX Team" than that.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wilson, Phil [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:07 AM
> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>
> Given that WiX generates MSI files and the MSI MSDN docs say you can't set
> it, and my testing also indicates that you can't set it, I don't see how
> you could expect a different answer from the WiX Team! It's nothing to do
> with WiX, or InstallShield or any other tool that generates MSI files.
> Setting log file location is something you do on the command line to the
> install or equivalent (MsiInstallProduct parameter).
>
> Phil W
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:44 AM
> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>
> Phil, thank you for sharing your experience.
>
> I would like to keep this thread active until we get a definite answer
> from the WIX team. Whether it is "You can't enable MSI logging in the
> current version of WIX but will be available in version x.x" or "This
> is how you do this ..." - it will still be very helpful.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Alec
>
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Wilson, Phil <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> > You can't set MsiLogFileLocation, as the MSDN docs pretty much say. You
> can try to set it but it's ineffective. If you set it in the property table
> it just gets overwritten. If you set it with a type 51 it just gets ignored.
> >
> > Phil W
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:09 AM
> > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
> >
> > Adam,
> >
> > This post indicates that it is possible to set MSI property from WIX:
> >
> http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexshev/archive/2009/05/16/from-msi-to-wix-part-23-dll-custom-actions-logging-and-setting-properties.aspx
> >
> > If this is true, shouldn't I be able to use this approach to set some
> > kind of MSI property to force logging and/or configure location of the
> > log file?
> >
> > Enabling logging seems to be a pretty common question on the WIX
> > forum, can we have WIX team to provide a recommendation on how to do
> > this?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Alec
> >
> > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Kadzban
> > <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >> Alec,
> >>
> >> As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX because
> >> you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to before actually
> >> starting the MSI.  You need some sort of bootstrapper that calls msiexec
> >> with the logging options. I've used IExpress in the past, but I think
> I'll
> >> be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.
> >>
> >> -Adam
> >>
> >> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper <[hidden email]
> >wrote:
> >>
> >>> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my installers,
> >>> but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a fair number of
> install
> >>> failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
> >>>
> >>> --
> >>> John Merryweather Cooper
> >>> Build & Install Engineer - ESA
> >>> Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.®
> >>> Shawnee Mission, KS  66227
> >>> Office:  913-341-3434 x791011
> >>> [hidden email]
> >>> www.jackhenry.com
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> -----Original Message-----
> >>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> >>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
> >>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> >>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
> >>>
> >>> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set
> through
> >>> MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
> >>>
> >>>
> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-Logging-td707004.html#a707011
> >>>
> >>> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
> >>>
> >>> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX code
> and
> >>> ideally set the location of the log file? We need to support Windows
> XP SP2
> >>> and higher.
> >>>
> >>> Thanks,
> >>>
> >>> Alec
> >>>
> >>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter <
> [hidden email]>
> >>> wrote:
> >>> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
> >>> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7 where
> >>> > Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log file
> location
> >>> > and it causes the installer to crash out.    It can manifest itself
> on
> >>> > uninstall  which means you are stuck unless you run the uninstall
> from
> >>> > the command line passing in an explicit path.
> >>> >
> >>> > ----------------------------------------
> >>> >
> >>> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
> >>> >
> >>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
> >>> >
> >>> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
> >>> > <[hidden email]>
> >>> >
> >>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
> >>> >
> >>> >
> >>> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation. I
> >>> > think it
> >>> >
> >>> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package to
> >>> > require
> >>> >
> >>> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
> >>> >
> >>> >
> >>> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> >>> >
> >>> >
> >>> >> Hello,
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file
> location.
> >>> >
> >>> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties inside
> >>> >> of
> >>> >
> >>> >> my .wxs file:
> >>> >
> >>> >> <Wix>
> >>> >
> >>> >> <Product>
> >>> >
> >>> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
> >>> >
> >>> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
> >>> >
> >>> >> ...
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not taking
> >>> >
> >>> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is lower
> than
> >>> >
> >>> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do I
> >>> >
> >>> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> Thanks,
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
> >>> >> Alec
> >>> >
> >>> >>
> >>> >
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Hoover, Jacob
In reply to this post by Chad Petersen
For .Net CA's there is a Log method on the session object. As for C/C+ custom actions, the SDK provides a WcaLog(LOGMSG_STANDARD, "Message goes here.") method.

Both of these will write to the Windows installer log, if it's enabled.

-----Original Message-----
From: Chad Petersen [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 5:42 PM
To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

I use a second custom action called WriteToMSILog that I call at specific times from my first custom action to log to the normal log file that everything else writes to. Keeps everything in one log file and is easy to call as needed.

The CDATA portion looks like this (Jscript example)

<![CDATA[
                        try
                        {
                                var szMessage = Session.Property( "WriteToMSILog" );
                                var msiMessageTypeInfo = 0x04000000;//  Informative message for log, not to be displayed.
                                var sDelim = "************************************************************";
                                                                 
                                //Create a record with only one field
                                var oRecord = Session.Installer.CreateRecord( 1 );
                       
                                //Create the full message
                                szFullMessage = sDelim + "\n" + szMessage;
                                       
                                oRecord.StringData( 0 ) = "[1]";
                                oRecord.StringData( 1 ) = szFullMessage;
                       
                                Session.FormatRecord( oRecord );
                                Session.Message( msiMessageTypeInfo, oRecord );  
                               
                                oRecord = null;
                        }
                        catch(e)
                        {
                        }
                ]]>


The call from my first custom action looks like this

Session.Property("WriteToMSILog") = "Process Name: " + pProps[proc];
Session.DoAction("WriteToMSILog");

-----Original Message-----
From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 3:20 PM
To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Wow, this is a pretty active mailing list. I think we have the
definite answer now.

As you can already tell I am a newbie to WIX, so please take it easy
on me with my next question. What logging mechanism do you normally
use to log messages from your custom actions?

Thanks,

Alec

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM, Castro, Edwin G. (Hillsboro)
<[hidden email]> wrote:

> In addition, the Windows Installer engine starts producing log messages before it loads the MSI package to determine what log file to use.
>
> In short, one can set a log file:
> * On the command line
> * As an argument to MsiProductInstall()
> * In the registry (global and applies to all MSI packages, cannot be changed on a per package basis)
>
> The MsiLogFileLocation property is automatically set by the Windows Installer engine to allow a MSI UI to display the log file location on a dialog. Changing the value of MsiLogFileLocation within the MSI package itself does not change where the Windows Installer engine is logging to (as evidenced by the tests performed by various people).
>
> To automatically set a log file you'll need to use a bootstrapper as was already suggested so that the bootstrapper can set it on the command line or as an argument to MsiProductInstall().
>
> Your system administrator could use the registry approach to control whether all MSI packages generate a log file to a specific folder location with a random: MSI*.LOG name.
>
> This is documented in the MSDN documentation so if anybody wants to use this approach I suggest they check MSDN at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa372847.aspx
>
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Chad Petersen [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:22 AM
>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>
>> A good test anyone can try. Run a command something like this.
>>
>> MSIEXEC.EXE /L*v C:\Foobar\test.log /I <path to MSI>
>>
>> For that log folder that you point to make sure the C:\Foobar directly DOES
>> NOT EXIST.
>>
>> Note how MSIEXEC.EXE will simply error out rather than creating the Foobar
>> folder in which to create the log file.
>>
>> I feel this shows an example of what Edwin and others are talking about. Log
>> file must be established before MSIEXEC calls into the MSI.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Castro, Edwin G. (Hillsboro) [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:10 AM
>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>
>> WiX is not in control of the MsiLogFileLocation property. This is functionality
>> provided by Windows Installer.
>>
>> As mentioned earlier, the log file location must be set before the MSI
>> package is loaded by the Windows Installer engine. This is how Windows
>> Installer works and the WiX team has no control over it.
>>
>> Please refer to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-
>> us/library/windows/desktop/aa372847.aspx for information on Windows
>> Installer Logging. In particular check the Normal Logging  section at
>> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa370536.aspx
>> for an explanation of your options.
>>
>> Edwin G. Castro
>> Software Developer - Staff
>> Digital Channels
>> Fiserv
>> Office: 503-746-0643
>> Fax: 503-617-0291
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>>
>>
>>
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:44 AM
>> > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>> >
>> > Phil, thank you for sharing your experience.
>> >
>> > I would like to keep this thread active until we get a definite answer
>> > from the WIX team. Whether it is "You can't enable MSI logging in the
>> > current version of WIX but will be available in version x.x" or "This
>> > is how you do this ..." - it will still be very helpful.
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> >
>> > Alec
>> >
>> > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Wilson, Phil
>> > <[hidden email]>
>> > wrote:
>> > > You can't set MsiLogFileLocation, as the MSDN docs pretty much say.
>> > > You
>> > can try to set it but it's ineffective. If you set it in the property
>> > table it just gets overwritten. If you set it with a type 51 it just gets ignored.
>> > >
>> > > Phil W
>> > >
>> > > -----Original Message-----
>> > > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> > > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:09 AM
>> > > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> > > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>> > >
>> > > Adam,
>> > >
>> > > This post indicates that it is possible to set MSI property from WIX:
>> > > http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexshev/archive/2009/05/16/from-msi-to-
>> > wix
>> > > -part-23-dll-custom-actions-logging-and-setting-properties.aspx
>> > >
>> > > If this is true, shouldn't I be able to use this approach to set
>> > > some kind of MSI property to force logging and/or configure location
>> > > of the log file?
>> > >
>> > > Enabling logging seems to be a pretty common question on the WIX
>> > > forum, can we have WIX team to provide a recommendation on how to
>> do
>> > > this?
>> > >
>> > > Thanks,
>> > >
>> > > Alec
>> > >
>> > > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Kadzban
>> > > <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> > >> Alec,
>> > >>
>> > >> As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX
>> > >> because you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to
>> > >> before actually starting the MSI.  You need some sort of
>> > >> bootstrapper that calls msiexec with the logging options. I've used
>> > >> IExpress in the past, but I think I'll be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.
>> > >>
>> > >> -Adam
>> > >>
>> > >> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper
>> > <[hidden email]>wrote:
>> > >>
>> > >>> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my
>> > >>> installers, but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a
>> > >>> fair number of install failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
>> > >>>
>> > >>> --
>> > >>> John Merryweather Cooper
>> > >>> Build & Install Engineer - ESA
>> > >>> Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.®
>> > >>> Shawnee Mission, KS  66227
>> > >>> Office:  913-341-3434 x791011
>> > >>> [hidden email]
>> > >>> www.jackhenry.com
>> > >>>
>> > >>>
>> > >>>
>> > >>>
>> > >>> -----Original Message-----
>> > >>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> > >>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
>> > >>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> > >>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>> > >>>
>> > >>> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set
>> > >>> through MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
>> > >>>
>> > >>> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-
>> > >>> Lo
>> > >>> gging-td707004.html#a707011
>> > >>>
>> > >>> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
>> > >>>
>> > >>> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX
>> > >>> code and ideally set the location of the log file? We need to
>> > >>> support Windows XP SP2 and higher.
>> > >>>
>> > >>> Thanks,
>> > >>>
>> > >>> Alec
>> > >>>
>> > >>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter
>> > >>> <[hidden email]>
>> > >>> wrote:
>> > >>> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
>> > >>> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7
>> > >>> > where Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log
>> > >>> > file location and it causes the installer to crash out.    It
>> > >>> > can manifest itself on uninstall  which means you are stuck
>> > >>> > unless you run the uninstall from the command line passing in an
>> explicit path.
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > ----------------------------------------
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
>> > >>> > <[hidden email]>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation.
>> > >>> > I think it
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package
>> > >>> > to require
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]>
>> > wrote:
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> Hello,
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties
>> > >>> >> inside of
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> my .wxs file:
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> <Wix>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> <Product>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> ...
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not
>> > >>> >> taking
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is
>> > >>> >> lower than
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do
>> > >>> >> I
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >>
>> > >>> >
>> > >>> >> Thanks,
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Alec
session.Log seems to work fine, thanks. However, I can only see these
messages in the log file if I pass /l*v parameter to msiexec.

So, how do I write that bootstrapper that passes /l*v command line
parameter or an argument to MsiProductInstall() which enables logging?

Thanks,

Alec

On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 8:41 AM, Hoover, Jacob
<[hidden email]> wrote:

> For .Net CA's there is a Log method on the session object. As for C/C+ custom actions, the SDK provides a WcaLog(LOGMSG_STANDARD, "Message goes here.") method.
>
> Both of these will write to the Windows installer log, if it's enabled.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chad Petersen [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 5:42 PM
> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>
> I use a second custom action called WriteToMSILog that I call at specific times from my first custom action to log to the normal log file that everything else writes to. Keeps everything in one log file and is easy to call as needed.
>
> The CDATA portion looks like this (Jscript example)
>
> <![CDATA[
>                        try
>                        {
>                                var szMessage = Session.Property( "WriteToMSILog" );
>                                var msiMessageTypeInfo = 0x04000000;//  Informative message for log, not to be displayed.
>                                var sDelim = "************************************************************";
>
>                                //Create a record with only one field
>                                var oRecord = Session.Installer.CreateRecord( 1 );
>
>                                //Create the full message
>                                szFullMessage = sDelim + "\n" + szMessage;
>
>                                oRecord.StringData( 0 ) = "[1]";
>                                oRecord.StringData( 1 ) = szFullMessage;
>
>                                Session.FormatRecord( oRecord );
>                                Session.Message( msiMessageTypeInfo, oRecord );
>
>                                oRecord = null;
>                        }
>                        catch(e)
>                        {
>                        }
>                ]]>
>
>
> The call from my first custom action looks like this
>
> Session.Property("WriteToMSILog") = "Process Name: " + pProps[proc];
> Session.DoAction("WriteToMSILog");
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 3:20 PM
> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>
> Wow, this is a pretty active mailing list. I think we have the
> definite answer now.
>
> As you can already tell I am a newbie to WIX, so please take it easy
> on me with my next question. What logging mechanism do you normally
> use to log messages from your custom actions?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Alec
>
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM, Castro, Edwin G. (Hillsboro)
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> In addition, the Windows Installer engine starts producing log messages before it loads the MSI package to determine what log file to use.
>>
>> In short, one can set a log file:
>> * On the command line
>> * As an argument to MsiProductInstall()
>> * In the registry (global and applies to all MSI packages, cannot be changed on a per package basis)
>>
>> The MsiLogFileLocation property is automatically set by the Windows Installer engine to allow a MSI UI to display the log file location on a dialog. Changing the value of MsiLogFileLocation within the MSI package itself does not change where the Windows Installer engine is logging to (as evidenced by the tests performed by various people).
>>
>> To automatically set a log file you'll need to use a bootstrapper as was already suggested so that the bootstrapper can set it on the command line or as an argument to MsiProductInstall().
>>
>> Your system administrator could use the registry approach to control whether all MSI packages generate a log file to a specific folder location with a random: MSI*.LOG name.
>>
>> This is documented in the MSDN documentation so if anybody wants to use this approach I suggest they check MSDN at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa372847.aspx
>>
>> Edwin G. Castro
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>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Chad Petersen [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:22 AM
>>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>>
>>> A good test anyone can try. Run a command something like this.
>>>
>>> MSIEXEC.EXE /L*v C:\Foobar\test.log /I <path to MSI>
>>>
>>> For that log folder that you point to make sure the C:\Foobar directly DOES
>>> NOT EXIST.
>>>
>>> Note how MSIEXEC.EXE will simply error out rather than creating the Foobar
>>> folder in which to create the log file.
>>>
>>> I feel this shows an example of what Edwin and others are talking about. Log
>>> file must be established before MSIEXEC calls into the MSI.
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Castro, Edwin G. (Hillsboro) [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:10 AM
>>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>>
>>> WiX is not in control of the MsiLogFileLocation property. This is functionality
>>> provided by Windows Installer.
>>>
>>> As mentioned earlier, the log file location must be set before the MSI
>>> package is loaded by the Windows Installer engine. This is how Windows
>>> Installer works and the WiX team has no control over it.
>>>
>>> Please refer to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-
>>> us/library/windows/desktop/aa372847.aspx for information on Windows
>>> Installer Logging. In particular check the Normal Logging  section at
>>> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa370536.aspx
>>> for an explanation of your options.
>>>
>>> Edwin G. Castro
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>>>
>>>
>>> > -----Original Message-----
>>> > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:44 AM
>>> > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>> >
>>> > Phil, thank you for sharing your experience.
>>> >
>>> > I would like to keep this thread active until we get a definite answer
>>> > from the WIX team. Whether it is "You can't enable MSI logging in the
>>> > current version of WIX but will be available in version x.x" or "This
>>> > is how you do this ..." - it will still be very helpful.
>>> >
>>> > Thanks,
>>> >
>>> > Alec
>>> >
>>> > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Wilson, Phil
>>> > <[hidden email]>
>>> > wrote:
>>> > > You can't set MsiLogFileLocation, as the MSDN docs pretty much say.
>>> > > You
>>> > can try to set it but it's ineffective. If you set it in the property
>>> > table it just gets overwritten. If you set it with a type 51 it just gets ignored.
>>> > >
>>> > > Phil W
>>> > >
>>> > > -----Original Message-----
>>> > > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>> > > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:09 AM
>>> > > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>>> > > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>> > >
>>> > > Adam,
>>> > >
>>> > > This post indicates that it is possible to set MSI property from WIX:
>>> > > http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexshev/archive/2009/05/16/from-msi-to-
>>> > wix
>>> > > -part-23-dll-custom-actions-logging-and-setting-properties.aspx
>>> > >
>>> > > If this is true, shouldn't I be able to use this approach to set
>>> > > some kind of MSI property to force logging and/or configure location
>>> > > of the log file?
>>> > >
>>> > > Enabling logging seems to be a pretty common question on the WIX
>>> > > forum, can we have WIX team to provide a recommendation on how to
>>> do
>>> > > this?
>>> > >
>>> > > Thanks,
>>> > >
>>> > > Alec
>>> > >
>>> > > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Kadzban
>>> > > <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>> > >> Alec,
>>> > >>
>>> > >> As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX
>>> > >> because you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to
>>> > >> before actually starting the MSI.  You need some sort of
>>> > >> bootstrapper that calls msiexec with the logging options. I've used
>>> > >> IExpress in the past, but I think I'll be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.
>>> > >>
>>> > >> -Adam
>>> > >>
>>> > >> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper
>>> > <[hidden email]>wrote:
>>> > >>
>>> > >>> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my
>>> > >>> installers, but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a
>>> > >>> fair number of install failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
>>> > >>>
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>>> > >>>
>>> > >>>
>>> > >>>
>>> > >>> -----Original Message-----
>>> > >>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>> > >>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
>>> > >>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>>> > >>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>> > >>>
>>> > >>> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set
>>> > >>> through MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
>>> > >>>
>>> > >>> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-
>>> > >>> Lo
>>> > >>> gging-td707004.html#a707011
>>> > >>>
>>> > >>> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
>>> > >>>
>>> > >>> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX
>>> > >>> code and ideally set the location of the log file? We need to
>>> > >>> support Windows XP SP2 and higher.
>>> > >>>
>>> > >>> Thanks,
>>> > >>>
>>> > >>> Alec
>>> > >>>
>>> > >>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter
>>> > >>> <[hidden email]>
>>> > >>> wrote:
>>> > >>> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
>>> > >>> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7
>>> > >>> > where Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log
>>> > >>> > file location and it causes the installer to crash out.    It
>>> > >>> > can manifest itself on uninstall  which means you are stuck
>>> > >>> > unless you run the uninstall from the command line passing in an
>>> explicit path.
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> > ----------------------------------------
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
>>> > >>> > <[hidden email]>
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation.
>>> > >>> > I think it
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package
>>> > >>> > to require
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]>
>>> > wrote:
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> Hello,
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >>
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties
>>> > >>> >> inside of
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> my .wxs file:
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> <Wix>
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> <Product>
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> ...
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >>
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >>
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not
>>> > >>> >> taking
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is
>>> > >>> >> lower than
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do
>>> > >>> >> I
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >>
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> Thanks,
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >>
>>> > >>> >
>>> > >>> >> Alec
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Re: Setting MsiLogFileLocation property

Alec
Does anybody have sample code or pointers on how to pass parameters or
arguments to MsiProductInstall() in bootstrapper?

On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]> wrote:

> session.Log seems to work fine, thanks. However, I can only see these
> messages in the log file if I pass /l*v parameter to msiexec.
>
> So, how do I write that bootstrapper that passes /l*v command line
> parameter or an argument to MsiProductInstall() which enables logging?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Alec
>
> On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 8:41 AM, Hoover, Jacob
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> For .Net CA's there is a Log method on the session object. As for C/C+ custom actions, the SDK provides a WcaLog(LOGMSG_STANDARD, "Message goes here.") method.
>>
>> Both of these will write to the Windows installer log, if it's enabled.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Chad Petersen [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 5:42 PM
>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>
>> I use a second custom action called WriteToMSILog that I call at specific times from my first custom action to log to the normal log file that everything else writes to. Keeps everything in one log file and is easy to call as needed.
>>
>> The CDATA portion looks like this (Jscript example)
>>
>> <![CDATA[
>>                        try
>>                        {
>>                                var szMessage = Session.Property( "WriteToMSILog" );
>>                                var msiMessageTypeInfo = 0x04000000;//  Informative message for log, not to be displayed.
>>                                var sDelim = "************************************************************";
>>
>>                                //Create a record with only one field
>>                                var oRecord = Session.Installer.CreateRecord( 1 );
>>
>>                                //Create the full message
>>                                szFullMessage = sDelim + "\n" + szMessage;
>>
>>                                oRecord.StringData( 0 ) = "[1]";
>>                                oRecord.StringData( 1 ) = szFullMessage;
>>
>>                                Session.FormatRecord( oRecord );
>>                                Session.Message( msiMessageTypeInfo, oRecord );
>>
>>                                oRecord = null;
>>                        }
>>                        catch(e)
>>                        {
>>                        }
>>                ]]>
>>
>>
>> The call from my first custom action looks like this
>>
>> Session.Property("WriteToMSILog") = "Process Name: " + pProps[proc];
>> Session.DoAction("WriteToMSILog");
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 3:20 PM
>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>
>> Wow, this is a pretty active mailing list. I think we have the
>> definite answer now.
>>
>> As you can already tell I am a newbie to WIX, so please take it easy
>> on me with my next question. What logging mechanism do you normally
>> use to log messages from your custom actions?
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Alec
>>
>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM, Castro, Edwin G. (Hillsboro)
>> <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>> In addition, the Windows Installer engine starts producing log messages before it loads the MSI package to determine what log file to use.
>>>
>>> In short, one can set a log file:
>>> * On the command line
>>> * As an argument to MsiProductInstall()
>>> * In the registry (global and applies to all MSI packages, cannot be changed on a per package basis)
>>>
>>> The MsiLogFileLocation property is automatically set by the Windows Installer engine to allow a MSI UI to display the log file location on a dialog. Changing the value of MsiLogFileLocation within the MSI package itself does not change where the Windows Installer engine is logging to (as evidenced by the tests performed by various people).
>>>
>>> To automatically set a log file you'll need to use a bootstrapper as was already suggested so that the bootstrapper can set it on the command line or as an argument to MsiProductInstall().
>>>
>>> Your system administrator could use the registry approach to control whether all MSI packages generate a log file to a specific folder location with a random: MSI*.LOG name.
>>>
>>> This is documented in the MSDN documentation so if anybody wants to use this approach I suggest they check MSDN at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa372847.aspx
>>>
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>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Chad Petersen [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:22 AM
>>>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>>>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>>>
>>>> A good test anyone can try. Run a command something like this.
>>>>
>>>> MSIEXEC.EXE /L*v C:\Foobar\test.log /I <path to MSI>
>>>>
>>>> For that log folder that you point to make sure the C:\Foobar directly DOES
>>>> NOT EXIST.
>>>>
>>>> Note how MSIEXEC.EXE will simply error out rather than creating the Foobar
>>>> folder in which to create the log file.
>>>>
>>>> I feel this shows an example of what Edwin and others are talking about. Log
>>>> file must be established before MSIEXEC calls into the MSI.
>>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Castro, Edwin G. (Hillsboro) [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:10 AM
>>>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>>>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>>>
>>>> WiX is not in control of the MsiLogFileLocation property. This is functionality
>>>> provided by Windows Installer.
>>>>
>>>> As mentioned earlier, the log file location must be set before the MSI
>>>> package is loaded by the Windows Installer engine. This is how Windows
>>>> Installer works and the WiX team has no control over it.
>>>>
>>>> Please refer to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-
>>>> us/library/windows/desktop/aa372847.aspx for information on Windows
>>>> Installer Logging. In particular check the Normal Logging  section at
>>>> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa370536.aspx
>>>> for an explanation of your options.
>>>>
>>>> Edwin G. Castro
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>>>>
>>>>
>>>> > -----Original Message-----
>>>> > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:44 AM
>>>> > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>>>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>>> >
>>>> > Phil, thank you for sharing your experience.
>>>> >
>>>> > I would like to keep this thread active until we get a definite answer
>>>> > from the WIX team. Whether it is "You can't enable MSI logging in the
>>>> > current version of WIX but will be available in version x.x" or "This
>>>> > is how you do this ..." - it will still be very helpful.
>>>> >
>>>> > Thanks,
>>>> >
>>>> > Alec
>>>> >
>>>> > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Wilson, Phil
>>>> > <[hidden email]>
>>>> > wrote:
>>>> > > You can't set MsiLogFileLocation, as the MSDN docs pretty much say.
>>>> > > You
>>>> > can try to set it but it's ineffective. If you set it in the property
>>>> > table it just gets overwritten. If you set it with a type 51 it just gets ignored.
>>>> > >
>>>> > > Phil W
>>>> > >
>>>> > > -----Original Message-----
>>>> > > From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>>> > > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:09 AM
>>>> > > To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>>>> > > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>>> > >
>>>> > > Adam,
>>>> > >
>>>> > > This post indicates that it is possible to set MSI property from WIX:
>>>> > > http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexshev/archive/2009/05/16/from-msi-to-
>>>> > wix
>>>> > > -part-23-dll-custom-actions-logging-and-setting-properties.aspx
>>>> > >
>>>> > > If this is true, shouldn't I be able to use this approach to set
>>>> > > some kind of MSI property to force logging and/or configure location
>>>> > > of the log file?
>>>> > >
>>>> > > Enabling logging seems to be a pretty common question on the WIX
>>>> > > forum, can we have WIX team to provide a recommendation on how to
>>>> do
>>>> > > this?
>>>> > >
>>>> > > Thanks,
>>>> > >
>>>> > > Alec
>>>> > >
>>>> > > On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Adam Kadzban
>>>> > > <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>>> > >> Alec,
>>>> > >>
>>>> > >> As far as I know, you can't set the log file location inside WIX
>>>> > >> because you need to tell msiexec where to write the log file to
>>>> > >> before actually starting the MSI.  You need some sort of
>>>> > >> bootstrapper that calls msiexec with the logging options. I've used
>>>> > >> IExpress in the past, but I think I'll be switching to dotNetInstaller soon.
>>>> > >>
>>>> > >> -Adam
>>>> > >>
>>>> > >> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Cooper
>>>> > <[hidden email]>wrote:
>>>> > >>
>>>> > >>> I've seen the same bugs CP has seen.  I've got it set in my
>>>> > >>> installers, but only because CD demands it.  Setting it causes a
>>>> > >>> fair number of install failures, particular in install/repair/uninstall cycles.
>>>> > >>>
>>>> > >>> --
>>>> > >>> John Merryweather Cooper
>>>> > >>> Build & Install Engineer - ESA
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>>>> > >>>
>>>> > >>>
>>>> > >>>
>>>> > >>>
>>>> > >>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> > >>> From: Alec Swan [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>>> > >>> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
>>>> > >>> To: General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset.
>>>> > >>> Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>>> > >>>
>>>> > >>> The following thread implied that the file log location can be set
>>>> > >>> through MsiLogFileLocation property in WIX:
>>>> > >>>
>>>> > >>> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Msi-
>>>> > >>> Lo
>>>> > >>> gging-td707004.html#a707011
>>>> > >>>
>>>> > >>> But it sounds like Rob is saying this is not possible.
>>>> > >>>
>>>> > >>> So, how can I reliably enable MSI logging programmatically in WIX
>>>> > >>> code and ideally set the location of the log file? We need to
>>>> > >>> support Windows XP SP2 and higher.
>>>> > >>>
>>>> > >>> Thanks,
>>>> > >>>
>>>> > >>> Alec
>>>> > >>>
>>>> > >>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Painter
>>>> > >>> <[hidden email]>
>>>> > >>> wrote:
>>>> > >>> > I don't know if this is common knowledge but I don't set the
>>>> > >>> > MsiLogging property anymore.  There' s a known bug in Windows 7
>>>> > >>> > where Explorer / Shell can lose reference to the installer log
>>>> > >>> > file location and it causes the installer to crash out.    It
>>>> > >>> > can manifest itself on uninstall  which means you are stuck
>>>> > >>> > unless you run the uninstall from the command line passing in an
>>>> explicit path.
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> > ----------------------------------------
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> > From: "Rob Mensching" <[hidden email]>
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> > Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:02 AM
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> > To: "General discussion for Windows Installer XML toolset."
>>>> > >>> > <[hidden email]>
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> > Subject: Re: [WiX-users] Setting MsiLogFileLocation property
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> > I don't think you can set the log file using MsiLogFileLocation.
>>>> > >>> > I think it
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> > *gets* set to the log file location. You can force your package
>>>> > >>> > to require
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> > MSI 4.0 by setting the Package/InstallerVersion attribute.
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Alec Swan <[hidden email]>
>>>> > wrote:
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> Hello,
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >>
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> I need to enable verbose logging and configure MSI log file location.
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> I am currently doing this by adding the following properties
>>>> > >>> >> inside of
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> my .wxs file:
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> <Wix>
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> <Product>
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> <Property Id="LOGVERBOSE">1</Property>
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> <Property Id="MsiLogFileLocation">x:/WIX/wix-msi.log</Property>
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> ...
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >>
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> Is this the right place for these properties?
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >>
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> If so, then I am assuming that the reason why they are not
>>>> > >>> >> taking
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> effect is that the MSI version our Wix project is using is
>>>> > >>> >> lower than
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> 4.0 and does not support MsiLogFileLocation property. Where do
>>>> > >>> >> I
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> update the MSI version in my WIX project?
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >>
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> Thanks,
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >>
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >> Alec
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >>
>>>> > >>> >
>>>> > >>> >>
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