[wix-devs] Dtf repository MakeSfxCA and SfxCa tools

Sean Hall r.sean.hall at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 18:19:55 PDT 2020

Do you know whether all of that is possible without installing something on
the machine first? I did a quick look when migrating the MSBuild tests in
Tools and didn't find anything on how to create your own Sdk.

On Sat, Jun 6, 2020 at 1:13 AM Rob Mensching <rob at firegiant.com> wrote:

> Sean's basically got it. If you look at a C# project to day, you'll see
> normal C# assembly and executable projects use the "Microsoft.NET.Sdk"
> moniker:
> <Project Sdk="Microsoft.NET.Sdk">
> But if you look at a web project they use the "Micorosft.NET.Sdk.Web"
> moniker:
> <Project Sdk="Microsoft.NET.Sdk.Web">
> That's because web projects build on the assembly project and add more web
> specific tooling.
> For managed custom actions, we'll want to do the same thing as what the
> web projects do but add the additional steps are to create the custom
> action.
> We haven't discussed the moniker for that SDK-style MSBuild project (I
> wish MSBuild gave these project types a better than "SDK-style") but it'll
> be _something_ like:
> <Project Sdk="WixToolset.Sdk.CustomAction">
> ...or one of the options that Sean mentioned, or something we haven't
> thought of yet. We can noodle on the naming but it won't materially affect
> the solution (noted, changing the moniker does mean changing some of the
> filenames).
> The delivery mechanism for all of the above is a NuGet file, just like
> what WixToolset.MSBuild from the Tools repo does (note, it is highly likely
> we _will_ change the WixToolset.MSBuild moniker at least one more time
> after doing a survey of the world of SDK-style projects and picking a name
> that fits in best).
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> Subject: Re: [wix-devs] Dtf repository MakeSfxCA and SfxCa tools
> If you're interested in doing the MSBuild integration as well, that would
> be great. The problem is that I don't know what exactly Rob means by an
> SDK-style MSBuild Nuget package.
> If you follow the example of WixToolset.MSBuild from the Tools repo, you'd
> create a Nuget package called... I don't know. WixToolset.MSBuild.CA?
> WixToolset.ManagedCA? Let's pretend it's WixToolset.Dtf.MSBuild. You'd
> setup a build folder in the nuget package containing
> WixToolset.Dtf.MSBuild.props which initializes a Property named something
> like WixCATargetsPath to the path of wix.ca.targets. wix.ca.targets would
> be in the tools folder, and so would MakeSfxCA.exe. There would be platform
> specific folders for SfxCA in the tools folder.
> After that, you'd need to know a lot about MSBuild in order to bring
> wix.ca.targets up to date so that it can be used in an SDK-style csproj.
> But is that an SDK-style MSBuild Nuget package? When I hear that, I can't
> help but think that we're trying to get something like this to work:
> <Project Sdk="WixToolset.CA.Sdk">
>     <PackageReference Include="WixToolset.Dtf.MSBuild" /> </Project>
> But I don't know if that's even possible without installing something into
> MSBuild's main directory.

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