[wix-users] Limitation of shortcut target length LGHT1076 ICE03

Helge Kruse Helge.Kruse at gmx.net
Sun Aug 26 02:01:02 PDT 2018

In an MSI installer I have a shortcut to a text file.

    <DirectoryRef Id="ShortcutFolder" >
      <Component Id="cmpShortCut" Guid="<some-guid>" >
        <Shortcut Id="HelpShortcut" Name="Help"
          Target="[HELP]index.html" />
        <Shortcut Id="SbReleaseHistoryShortcut"
          Name="Release History"


I get a warning when linking the final MSI:

ShortCut.wxs(14,0): warning LGHT1076: ICE03: String overflow (greater
than length permitted in column); Table: Shortcut, Column: Target,
Key(s): SbReleaseHistoryShortcut

The MSI can be installed. And the shortcut is working, the history file
is shown on click at the shortcut. But the warning mentions that the
column width limits the entry.

1. Why it's possible to open the history file if some data is missing there?

2. How can I make sure to avoid this warning without renaming the target
file? Renaming the target folder isn't an option since the history file
should be kept with the installed software.


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