[wix-users] Remove cached ExePackage?

Kevin Mackey kmackey at gmail.com
Fri Jan 17 14:01:26 PST 2020

I have Permanent="Yes" so that when the bundle is modified, the optional
installer doesn't show a Modify dialog.

Can I use RelatedBundle with the optional installer not being a bundle?
It's a simple custom bootstrapper, not a WiX bundle.


On Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 9:53 AM Hoover, Jacob <Jacob.Hoover at greenheck.com>

> Why did you Permanent=Y?
> Have you looked at relatedbundle/@Action=addOn?
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> Subject: [wix-users] Remove cached ExePackage?
> My bundle has an ExePackage for an installer (MSI wrapped in a simple
> custom bootstrapper) that runs optionally when the user clicks a checkbox
> in the bundle UI. I cache that optional installer so that the user can run
> the optional installer later by modifying the bundle, and click the
> checkbox for the optional installer. Once the bundle runs the installer,
> the bundle no longer interacts with that installer (doesn't repair,
> uninstall, etc.). Instead, that product is shown in Apps & Features, so the
> user can repair or uninstall that product. Here are the main (I think)
> ExePackage settings:
>            Cache="always"
>            PerMachine="yes"
>            Permanent="yes"
> The problem I'm having is that the cached optional installer is being left
> behind if the bundle is uninstalled before the optional product is
> uninstalled (cached installer is removed if optional product is uninstalled
> before the bundle is uninstalled). I can't see any way to do this with the
> standard bundle and ExePackage settings. I think I've tried all the
> combinations!
> I realize this is a special case for an ExePackage in the bundle, but it
> seems there should be a way to tell the bundle to remove the cached
> installer when uninstalling the bundle.
> --Kevin
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