Bob Arnson bob at firegiant.com
Wed Apr 28 11:21:22 PDT 2021

They're related in that they both manage REINSTALLMODE. "Mend" came about because "repair" is badly named and really should have been "reinstall." A repair/reinstall will overwrite everything, which means stopping/restarting services and triggering custom actions, and so forth. Mend does a "softer" repair that doesn't trigger all that.

If we were to do 5911, we could probably come up with a design that would also satisfy the requirements for mend.

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Subject: [wix-devs] BOOTSTRAPPER_REQUEST_STATE_MEND and #5911

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FireGiant contributed BOOTSTRAPPER_REQUEST_STATE_MEND to v4 in https://github.com/wixtoolset/burn/pull/51. It vaguely reminded me of someone asking for control over REINSTALLMODE in bundles - #5911. MEND seems to me to be a v3-style targeted fix for the more general feature requested there. So my question while we can still make breaking changes is
- what's the relationship between these? Also, it seems odd to me that MEND doesn't have an overall BOOTSTRAPPER_ACTION and must be requested per-package. Some background on what MEND what was built for would be nice.
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