Recent msi/package tests failures

James Hawkins truiken at
Tue Sep 2 00:51:20 CDT 2008

On Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 12:45 AM, Paul Vriens < at> wrote:
> James Hawkins wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 8:08 PM, James Mckenzie
>> <jjmckenzie51 at> wrote:
>>> One file per run is all that should be created, IMHO.
>> No, zero log files should be created.  This discussion is about
>> reducing the time it takes to run the tests, and any logging hinders
>> that effort.
> OK, back to the initial discussion then.
> I did find that 'System Restore' was the cause of the slowdown on a lot of
> (at least) XP and Vista systems. Patches are being sent for that.
> Disabling logging as I suggested at first only helps to get rid of a few
> seconds from the total run time of these tests. The question remains however
> why some people have loads of log files in their temp directory and some
> don't.
> Do you think that for testing purposes we could add a check in the install
> tests that shows us the number of MSI logfiles in the temp directory before
> and afterwards? Or is it enough that several people already responded to my
> question about those logfiles?

It's not worth messing with.  The slowdown is because of the restore
points, and that has been solved, so hopefully the patches will be
accepted and we won't have any timeouts.  On my Server 2008 system,
logs are created that usually contain just one line about whatever
error was being tested.  I haven't tested whether MsiEnableLog affects
that, but my guess is it doesn't.  Either way, those are just one line
log files in a temp directory.

James Hawkins

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