[wix-users] Anyone know how to set a property from a powerscript customaction ?

Gary M garym at oedata.com
Fri Apr 29 15:46:55 PDT 2016

Thanks Rob..

I'll put my list together.

On Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 4:39 PM, Rob Mensching <rob at firegiant.com> wrote:

> It's pretty easy to contribute to the Web site:
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> Phill,
> Thanks for the reply.  Unfortunately, I'm not and cannot using VS for this
> project. I wish I could.  I'm trying to resist introducing/enabling
> platform technology that has not been not previously approved.  I also need
> to stress the need for scripting language solutions. Introduction of
> compiled/binary artifacts will alter the deployment timeline possibly
> adding 6-9 months to release schedules as a well as increased costs.
> The powershell issue boils down to language libraries, more specifically
> what's shared between the installer's scope and the outboard scripting
> motor. As indicated by Bob A on a stackoverflow thread, Jscript and
> vbScript runs in the installer's runtime context. Conversely, powershell
> and other spawned processes execute in private contexts. This means I
> require a bridge/shim technology between powershell and msi contexts, a new
> project budget I will not be able to get approved. The most timely solution
> is a pivot, discard powershell for these functions and shift to vbScript or
> Jscript.
> The wix web site should  have a "best practices" section to help educate
> developers new to wix and avoid some of these costly pitfalls. I'm sure I'm
> not the only person bumping into these issues.
> I
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