[wix-users] Wix Msbuild issue

Phill Hogland phill.hogland at rimage.com
Wed Mar 1 06:34:13 PST 2017

I do not typically use DefineConstants name=value pairs, but maybe this link will help you.


The approach that I take is in my .wixproj file I have a PropertyGroup which defines a MSBuild property


Then later in the .wixproj file, after the configuration blocks, implement:


And in the projects .wxs files use this 'preprocessor' variable, as if you had defined it in your authoring, but you can set it using the MSBuild command line. /property:MyPath=someOtherPath


Sorry I do not have a direct answer to your question.

From: Laique Abbas <laiqueabbas_is at yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 8:04:28 AM
To: Phill Hogland; WiX Toolset Users Mailing List
Subject: Re: [wix-users] Wix Msbuild issue

Thanks.  Can you confirm me on how to write more than one constants in msbuild script ?


On Wednesday, March 1, 2017 6:42 PM, Phill Hogland <phill.hogland at rimage.com> wrote:

I would add MSBuild logging and then evaluate the 'binding' paths in the call to light.exe, just before the error

/v:diagnostic /fl /flp:logfile=<path><name>.log;append;verbosity=diagnostic

/v:normal will give you less noise and still show the binding paths to let you see where the problem is.
From: wix-users <wix-users-bounces at lists.wixtoolset.org> on behalf of Laique Abbas <laiqueabbas_is at yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 7:00:20 AM
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Subject: [wix-users] Wix Msbuild issue

I am getting an error stated below :
light.exe : error LGHT0103: The system cannot find the file '{Filename}' with type ''.
Though this {Filename} exists on physical path.
Is there a problem with my Define constant property as I have provided 2 variables in it ?
I am using msbuild.exe. I am providing 2 define constants variable in the below line : I am breaking my msbuild line for clarity purposes for this email :
 & C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\MSBuild.exe /property:configuration="Debug" /property:Platform="Any CPU" /property:OutputPath=$outputPath /property:Version=$version "/property:DefineConstants=`"ServiceSourcePath="abc";SourcePath="xyz"`"" $solution /m /target:build
Can any one help me figure out whats the issue ?

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