[wix-users] [EXTERNAL] - Re: Language condition on file?

Persson, Magnus (SE-TLX) magnus.persson at assaabloy.com
Mon Mar 27 23:47:39 PDT 2017


Our software keeps text resources in a DLL and we do not switch language 
at runtime. So if you install the Spanish text resource DLL the whole 
application will be in Spanish.

InstallShield have the option to include multiple languages in a single 
setup-file. You then select GUI language of the installer when launching 
the setup-file. The language selected will the be available as a copy 
conditional for each component and that's how you can control which 
language resource DLL gets copied.
The downside of this is that the setup-file will be bigger since it will 
contain all languages not just the language you want to install.

With WiX there will be one msi-file for each localization you add but 
they will all contain the same files.
What I wanted was a way to conditionally include the language specific 
files into the msi-file with the same culture.
This can be solves by adding one wix-project for each language. All 
project will use the same wxs-files but the ones that include language 
specific components so there will not be duplicate code.
But it would be nice if I could do it without multiple project files.

If the culture can be checked via a CustomAction, a property could be 
set which would be a condition for the component.
All resource DLLs will have to be included but only the single one which 
meets the above condition set by the CA will be copied.
Can the msi-culture be read in a CustomAction?

I'll take a deeper look into the MediaTemplate element to see if that 
can do the trick.


. The only thing I'm after here is that the msi with installer dialogs 
in Spanish should include the Spanish DLL in the installation folder.

On 2017-03-27 15:47, Lewis Henderson wrote:
> Hi Guys,
> While I'm certainly not the expert some others (like Phill) are, this sounds like you might use culture-specific files included in a set of culture-specific features (or possibly components), that are enabled or selected based on the culture chosen for the install.  Does that make sense?
> I currently have an installer that has an option to install French language files in addition to the default English, but the selection is based on a checkbox dialog.  Not the same, but perhaps a similar situation.
> 				Lewis Henderson
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> From: wix-users [mailto:wix-users-bounces at lists.wixtoolset.org] On Behalf Of Phill Hogland
> Sent: Friday, March 24, 2017 9:02 PM
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> Subject: [EXTERNAL] - Re: [wix-users] Language condition on file?
> Or another approach is to have a single WiX setup project, in which you specify multiple cultures, as you indicated, but in the MediaTemplate element specify an external cab.
> Then in the MsiPackage element used in a bundle chain (or through some
> script) change the name of each msi to include the culture in the name of the msi and copy the msi and the cab for each language to a common output folder.
> This results in an output folder which contains a single cab file (as the cab in each batch build is identical) and culture named msi files.
> I have not tried your suggested approach of conditionally including culture specific files but I assume it may be possible.  I use the above approach.
> On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 2:39 AM, Persson, Magnus (SE-TLX) < magnus.persson at assaabloy.com> wrote:
>> If I create a WiX project in VS2015 and add localization files for
>> English and Spanish I will get two msi-files as a result. One English
>> and one Spanish. This is fine.
>> However, can I in the same WiX prtoject specify English files that
>> only compile into the English msi-file and Spanish files that will
>> only be included in the Spanish msi-file?
>> Or do I have to create two WiX projects in VS2015 (one for each language).
>> Thanks
>> Magnus
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