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# Thursday, 04 September 2008

To access the actual assembly files contained in the GAC you can open explorer using the following command %windir%\assembly\gac

So from the run command:


Instead of the standard GAC explorer shown here:


You get the standard file explorer so you can copy the assemblies out.


This tip was picked up from Tim Jones' blog article, nice one!

Thursday, 04 September 2008 10:20:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -
# Thursday, 28 August 2008

As quoted by Bob Arnson

"You can do everything (and more) that XmlFile supports with XmlConfig
but it requires extra authoring that's not necessary with XmlFile.
XmlFile is best at modifying XML files that you're installing (e.g., to
add an attribute reflecting the installed path of a file); it can't
remove the modifications at uninstall time but if your setup installed
the file, it will be uninstalled anyway. XmlConfig is best at modifying
shared XML files because it supports uninstalling the modifications."

Thursday, 28 August 2008 15:05:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -

To run a custom action for a specific feature you need include the feature action state value in the condition logic.

For example:

<Custom Action="MyAction" After="InstallFiles">(NOT Installed) AND (&MyFeature=3)</Custom>

The & in front of the feature name will return the feature's action state. Possible action states are:


So to only run a custom action for a particular feature we check that it's action state is set to INSTALLSTATE_LOCAL which is 3.

MSDN - Conditional Statement Syntax
MSDN - Examples of Conditional Statement Syntax
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