[wix-users] Make WiX Project work in Visual Studio & Build Machine

Edwin Castro egcastr at gmail.com
Fri Dec 27 10:12:01 PST 2019

There is a good chance that using a Condition attribute in one or more
places will likely help. It will likely need to look "normal" to Visual
Studio while still have the ability to overwrite that default when running
from command line without Visual Studio installed.

Can you share your .wixproj and your .targets?

Edwin G. Castro

On Fri, Dec 27, 2019, 07:36 Ven H via wix-users <
wix-users at lists.wixtoolset.org> wrote:

> Let me give some more detail. In my WiX project, I need to run Heat command
> on a folder (not included in the project) and include the wxs content into
> an empty file I have. Then I need to pass the name of the MSI (since it
> should be configurable), the path of the MSI (since this also needs to be
> configurable) and the Build Number (since this will be part of the MSI
> name). I also need to pass the Product Version, since this will also have
> Build number in it. Apart from this, I also need to pass the path of the
> WiX binaries (downloaded). Even though, my machine has WiXToolSet installed
> and Votive is also installed, I need to be able to build this project using
> msbuild command. So, I have included all the above mentioned parameters as
> properties (some as DefineConstants) in a separate targets file and have
> imported this targets file into the wixproj file.
> I want to be able to build the MSI both from Visual Studio and also from
> command line using MSBuild. But I am having a hard time getting both
> working at the same time. Any help would be appreciated.
> On Fri, Dec 27, 2019 at 12:43 PM Ven H <venh.123 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I have a setup project in Visual Studio 2019. I use Heat command in that
> > project. I followed the below link to make it working in build machine,
> > which won't have VS or WiXToolSet installed.
> >
> > https://wixtoolset.org/documentation/manual/v3/msbuild/daily_builds.html
> >
> > For this, I modified the .wixproj as per the link above. But now, it's no
> > longer working in Visual Studio. Has anyone faced this issue? Has anyone
> > had success in making a WiX project build successfully in  Visual Studio
> as
> > well as build machine? If so, please help.
> >
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