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Wix Installer

Jan 28, 2009 at 11:06 AM
Edited Jan 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM
I have in my tools/wix folder
candle.exe (and config)
light.exe (and config)
wix.targets
WiXTasks.dll
WixUiExtension.dll

I have tools/MSBuildCommunityTasks with
MSBuild.Community.Tasks.dll
MSBuild.Community.Tasks.Targets
MSBuild.Community.Tasks.xml

The build error I get is this (and I'm really unimpressed with this error, given that it doesn't actually tell me what it can't find)

"S:\Projects\BigVisibleCruiseFolder\bvc2\bvc2.build" (default target) (1) ->
"S:\Projects\BigVisibleCruiseFolder\bvc2\src\BigVisibleCruise.Install\BigVisibleCruise.Install.wixproj" (default target) (4) ->
(Compile target) ->
  S:\Projects\BigVisibleCruiseFolder\bvc2\tools\wix\Wix.targets(1240,5): error MSB6003: The specified task executable could not b
e run. The system cannot find the file specified

My guess at the moment is that WiX needs to be installed. But I won't even try this, because that would make it a horrible build process.

In fact, I'm starting to wonder whether a build tool based on XML is a bad idea. There's nothing to debug when it goes wrong.