WiX Toolset

Add conditional command-line arguments to bundle packages

User stories

  • As a setup developer, I can author command-line arguments to an ExePackage in a bundle such that individual command-line arguments are included or excluded based on a condition. This allows me to, for example, omit command-line arguments that are empty or need to be omitted during uninstall.

Proposal

  1. Add a new CommandLine element as a child of ExePackage with a Value string attribute.
  2. CommandLine has a Condition attribute that must evaluate to true at package invocation time for that particular CommandLine to apply.
  3. CommandLine has an OnInstall attribute of YesNoType that tells Burn to evaluate the CommandLine only when the parent package is being installed.
  4. CommandLine has an OnUninstall attribute of YesNoType that tells Burn to evaluate the CommandLine only when the parent package is being uninstalled.
  5. CommandLine has an OnRepair attribute of YesNoType that tells Burn to evaluate the CommandLine only when the parent package is being repaired.
  6. At least one of @OnInstall, @OnUninstall, and @OnRepair attributes must be set to "yes".
  7. Multiple CommandLine elements are allowed; those with true conditions and matching @OnInstall, @OnUninstall, and @OnRepair attributes are concatenated with separating whitespace to create the command line passed to the package. CommandLine values are opaque strings, not limited to switches or name=value pairs.
  8. CommandLine children and the InstallCommand, UninstallCommand, and RepairCommand attributes cannot be used simultaneously.
  9. CommandLine and the InstallCommand, UninstallCommand, and RepairCommand attributes can be mixed. The CommandLine values append to the InstallCommand, UninstallCommand, and RepairCommand attribute values.

Considerations

  1. CommandLineArgument might be a better, if lengthier, name. We don't want to suggest any particular "style." See #7 under Proposal.
  2. Rather than have @OnInstall, @OnUninstall, and @OnRepair attributes, we could provide a WixBundleExecutePackageAction variable that developers could use in a Condition attribute as desired.
  • WixBundleExecutePackageAction would work like WixBundleExecutePackageCacheFolder: The same variable is set to the package action state (BOOTSTRAPPER_ACTION_STATE) in *EngineExecutePackage before the new code that evaluates the CommandLine conditions.
  1. The MsiProperty element has similar semantics but each property is always passed to the MsiPackage regardless of action. We could add @OnInstall, @OnUninstall, and @OnRepair attributes would require defaulting them to "yes," which is always confusing. We could also:
  2. Adopting WixBundleExecutePackageAction and not implementing the @OnInstall, @OnUninstall, and @OnRepair attributes would eliminate the "yes" default requirement.
  3. Live with the confusion so as to not introduce a breaking change (i.e., specify @OnInstall/@OnUninstall/@OnRepair="no" to prevent the property from being added).
  4. Rename the attributes ("NotOnInstall"?) and implement them such that if any of the new names are specified, all other attribute values are assumed to be "no".
  5. Add the CommandLine element to all package types.
  • Do we care someone could pass arguments that aren't NAME=VALUE? Should we check and block?
  1. @rseanhall discovered the manifest MsiProperty/@RollbackValue attribute that isn't exposed in the WiX schema. Should we expose that via this change?

See Also

Issue 4719