Can you please advise me how to add more than 50000 files in an MSI using Wise Package Studio 5.0. When I try to pull them all, Wise just gets stuck. Someone suggested chnaging the .idt file but I'm unable to find and edit it. Please advise.
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Not sure changing the .idt file will help ya, but… IDT files are formatted MSI tables, you can export them using Orca then open them in notepad or excel (probably not a good idea to save them in Excel, but it does make them easier to read)

The first 2 lines might look something like this (from file.idt):

File Component_ FileName FileSize Version Language Attributes Sequence
s72 s72 l255 i4 S72 S20 I2 i4

Where the column names, tab delimited, are on the first line and format information on the second. s is a string, l is a localized string, i is an integer, v is a stream and 0 is unbound. I think the numbers have something to do with the maximum length of a given value, but I’m not sure – would be interested to know…

It might be worth trying to use multiple cabs as MSI cabinet files are restricted to 2 gig. What are you trying to capture?

Charlie
Answered 06/18/2007 by: fuz_kitten
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I'm trying to package an application called Matlab. It has a little more than 52000 files in it. Capture doesn't work so I'm manually trying to pull the files into the MSI. I know the number of files do not matter as long as I can group them and put them into one component. But then manually grouping 52000 files into separate component is tedious. Hence, I was looking for another way out. Any suggestions...
Answered 06/18/2007 by: upkaar
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AppDeploy's Knowledgebase has 3 articles on MatLab, all of which imply that you are better off using the supplied installer but with a customised Installer.INI. Click the 'Package Knowledgebase' link at the top of the forum page, select 'M' and you'll see the entries I mean. The first one is incorrectly entered as 'MathLab'...
Answered 06/18/2007 by: VBScab
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Hey VBScab,

Thanks for the advice but I'm currently working on Matlab 2007 and try as I might I'm unable to extract an MSI out of the source. And we can't distribute the app using the setup.exe. I worked a little more on Fuz_Kitten's advice and found out this link on MSDN and it helped : http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-US/library/aa367767.aspx.

Thank you both for your time and effort.

Regards,
Upkaar
Answered 06/19/2007 by: upkaar
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Hey VBScab,

Thanks for the advice but I'm currently working on Matlab 2007 and try as I might I'm unable to extract an MSI out of the source. And we can't distribute the app using the setup.exe. I worked a little more on Fuz_Kitten's advice and found out this link on MSDN and it helped : http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-US/library/aa367767.aspx.

Thank you both for your time and effort.

Regards,
Upkaar
Answered 06/19/2007 by: upkaar
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For anyone coming here and clicking that link, it takes you to MSDN's Nowhere page, http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms123402.aspx. Instead, do a search in MSDN for the article number 367767. The one you want is the first hit.
Answered 06/20/2007 by: VBScab
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Ya! Our collective brains have prevailed!
Answered 06/20/2007 by: fuz_kitten
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