Recent msi/package tests failures

James Mckenzie jjmckenzie51 at
Mon Sep 1 20:08:51 CDT 2008

>From: James Hawkins <truiken at>
>Sent: Sep 1, 2008 10:49 AM
>To: James Mckenzie <jjmckenzie51 at>
>Cc: Paul Vriens < at>, "wine-devel at" <wine-devel at>
>Subject: Re: Recent msi/package tests failures
>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?
grep is the tool of choice when working with Linux/UNIX text files and searching through thousands of them. If this process is run on Wine in the state that I understand it is, and I may be incorrect, thousands of logging files may be created.  Also it is less resource intensive to search one text file under Windows, unless the file is very, very large (> 1 MB).  Searching a directory of thousands of files can take a long time (I have experience with this.)  One file per run is all that should be created, IMHO.

James McKenzie

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