[wix-devs] Redesign RemotePayload

Sean Hall r.sean.hall at gmail.com
Mon Dec 28 17:36:30 PST 2020

I'm not trying to fully design the feature request for a source-less
MsiPackage here. But I'm basically suggesting that it could be implemented
by adding some attributes onto the new MsiPackagePayload element. Isn't
most of the harvesting to support bind-time variables? I would hope people
wanting this feature would realize they can't use those without the source

I went back and forth on proposing to leave SourceFile (but not Name,
Compressed, DownloadFile, or EnableSignatureVerification) on the package
elements as syntactic sugar for the "common use case". But what is the
common use case? A cursory GitHub search showed most people using some of
the other payload attributes. Although, most of those were either
specifying the Name with the exact same thing as the SourceFile or
specifying Compressed="yes" on all packages instead of the Bundle element.

On Mon, Dec 28, 2020 at 7:24 PM Bob Arnson <bob at firegiant.com> wrote:

> The binder grabs a bunch of data from MSIs in the chain, so you're not
> addressing a source-less RemotePayload implementation for MsiPackage here,
> right?
> I'm -1 on requiring two elements for the most common use cases that today
> require one. I'm +1 on supporting the separation to allow for the mix you
> discuss for NetFx. ("Simple things should be simple, complex things should
> be possible.")
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> Cc: Sean Hall <r.sean.hall at gmail.com>
> Subject: [wix-devs] Redesign RemotePayload
> I created a WIP to redesign RemotePayload at
> https://wixtoolset.org/development/wips/4183-redesign-remote-payload. It
> also gets rid of the magic behavior of using the first payload for the
> package payload if neither SourceFile nor RemotePayload is specified. I
> associated it with 4183 (Allow separation of package and payload in chain)
> since that's how I'm proposing to change it, but that's not really what I'm
> interested in if we want to do this differently. Any feedback?
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