[wix-users] Custom action succeeds as FileKey but fails from WiXQuietExec

Dimitri Vasilkov dimvasilk at gmail.com
Fri Oct 2 09:17:38 PDT 2020


I am able to call an exe when using FileKey and ExeCommand in my Custom
Action tag but when I use WixQuietExec64 it fails with an error that is
symptomatic of not calling the exe with elevated privileges

MSI (s) (DC:34) [14:40:06:767]: Executing op: ActionStart(Name=InstallDebian,,)
MSI (s) (DC:34) [14:40:06:830]: Executing op:
Files (x86)\TARFU\debian.exe" install --root)
MSI (s) (DC:78) [14:40:06:830]: Invoking remote custom action. DLL:
C:\Windows\Installer\MSIADB5.tmp, Entrypoint: WixQuietExec64
MSI (s) (DC:7C) [14:40:06:845]: Generating random cookie.
MSI (s) (DC:7C) [14:40:06:845]: Created Custom Action Server with PID
9088 (0x2380).
MSI (s) (DC:68) [14:40:06:877]: Running as a service.
MSI (s) (DC:68) [14:40:06:877]: Hello, I'm your 32bit Elevated
Non-remapped custom action server.
WixQuietExec64:  Installing, this may take a few minutes...
WslRegisterDistribution failed with error: 0x80070005
Error: 0x80070005 Access is denied.

WixQuietExec64:  Error 0x80070001: Command line returned an error.
WixQuietExec64:  Error 0x80070001: QuietExec64 Failed
WixQuietExec64:  Error 0x80070001: Failed in ExecCommon method
CustomAction InstallDebian returned actual error code 1603 (note this
may not be 100% accurate if translation happened inside sandbox)
Action ended 14:40:06: InstallFinalize. Return value 3.

Excerpt of my product.wxs

<SetProperty Id="InstallDebian" Value=""[#DebianExe]" install --root"
            Before="InstallDebian" Sequence="execute"/><CustomAction
Id="InstallDebian" BinaryKey="WixCA" DllEntry="WixQuietExec64"
            Execute="deferred" Return="check" Impersonate="no"/>

InstallDebian is called after InstallFiles. I also tried WixQuietExec,
CAQuietExec64, CAQuietExec

How can I successfully run this exe quietly and with escalation?
I also tried Value="cmd /C "start /d "[Pix]"
"debian.exe" install --root"" in the SetProperty tag but I
was not able to get quote placement that cmd could parse

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