Possible Variable problem with Create Shortcut and MODIFY

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Possible Variable problem with Create Shortcut and MODIFY

Postby amolago » Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:06 pm

It was reported to us that on MODIFYing an existing installation, icons for removed components remained on the Desktop and Start Menu. When looking at the log, the reason was obvious, a Variable had not been expanded prior to being used.

MODIFY log:

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MSI: Executing op: SetTargetFolder(Folder=25)
MSI: SHELL32::SHGetFolderPath returned: C:\Users\Public\Desktop
MSI: Executing op: ShortcutRemove(Name=$BRAND~1|$BRAND$ App Configuration)
MSI: Executing op: SetTargetFolder(Folder=23\Objectif Lune\PReS Workflow\)
MSI: SHELL32::SHGetFolderPath returned: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
MSI: Executing op: ShortcutRemove(Name=$BRAND~1|$BRAND$ App Configuration)


Looking at the install and uninstall logs, no problem appears to exist.

INSTALL log:

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MSI: Executing op: SetTargetFolder(Folder=25)
MSI: SHELL32::SHGetFolderPath returned: C:\Users\Public\Desktop
MSI: Executing op: ShortcutCreate(Name=TheBra~1|TheBrand App Configuration,,,...)
MSI: Verifying accessibility of file: TheBrand App Configuration.lnk
MSI: Executing op: SetTargetFolder(Folder=23\InstallLocation\)
MSI: SHELL32::SHGetFolderPath returned: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
MSI: Executing op: ShortcutCreate(Name=TheBra~1|TheBrand App Configuration,,,...)
MSI: Verifying accessibility of file: TheBrand App Configuration.lnk


UNINSTALL log:

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MSI: Executing op: SetTargetFolder(Folder=25)
MSI: SHELL32::SHGetFolderPath returned: C:\Users\Public\Desktop
MSI: Executing op: ShortcutRemove(Name=TheBra~1|TheBrand App Configuration)
MSI: Verifying accessibility of file: TheBrand App Configuration.lnk
MSI: Using source file security for destination.
MSI: Executing op: SetTargetFolder(Folder=23\InstallLocation\)
MSI: SHELL32::SHGetFolderPath returned: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
MSI: Executing op: ShortcutRemove(Name=TheBra~1|TheBrand App Configuration)
MSI: Verifying accessibility of file: TheBrand App Configuration.lnk
MSI: Using source file security for destination.


To workaround this I have added an IF statement around multiple Create Shortcut commands, removing the need for a variable. This is satisfactory for us, but I thought I'd let you know and maybe help others who may run in to this problem.

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