Recent msi/package tests failures

James Mckenzie jjmckenzie51 at
Mon Sep 1 10:18:21 CDT 2008

Paul Vriens wrote:
>James Hawkins wrote:
>> On Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 3:17 PM, Paul Vriens < at> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I just sent a few patches that fix the problem with the timeout on my
>>> machines.
>>> Do you think it's still worthwhile to disable logging by using
>>> MsiEnableLogA? When I now look in my temp folder I have a few hundred MSI
>>> log files. We could either disable logging or create 1 file ourselves and
>>> append everything to there (removing it afterwards maybe).
>> Logging to one file takes just as long as any other type of logging.
>> No logging should be happening.  No I don't think it's worth using
>> MsiEnableLog to disable loggin.  Logging is not enabled by default,
>> and to enable it you have to change some registry entries, which I
>> doubt anyone is doing.
>The reason for the 1 file was not to speed up things but to limit the number of 
>logfiles in the temp directory (and maybe the ability to remove this file as we 
>know the one we created ourselves).
>On all of my boxes (95/98/NT/W2K/ 2 times XP/W2K3/Vista) I end up with 200 or so 
>logfiles in the temp directory after running the install tests. On none of these 
>boxes did I do anything to tinker with the msi logging settings.
>It would be nice if other could tell if they have a huge number of these 
>logfiles in their temp directory after running the tests.

+1 to one log file.  I hate having to look through piles of log files to find errors.  Yes, I know that I could grep them, but that is an added step that should not be needed.

James McKenzie

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