Recent msi/package tests failures

Paul Vriens at
Tue Sep 2 00:55:40 CDT 2008

James Hawkins wrote:
> 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.

So we can say that logfiles are created, although they only contain 1 line per 
logfile (this is the same on my boxes).

I did test with MsiEnableLog and it does effect the creation of these files.

I'm in favor of using MsiEnableLog to create just one logfile in the temp 
directory. It doesn't need to be removed as it could be used for all kinds of 
other purposes. I do like it however that there are hardly leftovers after 
running winetest.



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