Recent msi/package tests failures

James Hawkins truiken at
Mon Sep 1 12:49:22 CDT 2008

On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 10:18 AM, James Mckenzie
<jjmckenzie51 at> wrote:
> Paul/James:
> 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.

Why would you be grep'ing windows msi log files?

James Hawkins

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