Hi Everyone ,

I am having pretty hard time trying to understand the directory table. Actually i want to change the installation directory , for my package. I am trying to edit the directory table using orca but it is giving me hard time. Anyone can share any document which can help me understand the directory table. Msdn.microsoft.com is not very clear..
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The Directory table is easy to understand when you know how (a bit like MSDN sometimes!). This is the way I think of it. The ‘Directory’ column must contain a unique name for each entry in the table. The Directory_Parent is the directory above your entry in the ‘Directory’ column. For example; the parent directory of ‘SystemFolder’ is ‘WindowsFolder’. ‘DefaultDir’ column is the real name of the directory, i.e. ‘SystemFolder’s’ DefaultDir is ‘System32’.

Get it?

Remember Windows Installer won’t create empty directories unless they are in the CreateFolder table.

If you are going to change the default installation directory be aware of any other references in your package (i.e. registry/ini) and/or hardcode in the app it’s self.

Fuz
Answered 04/16/2007 by: fuz_kitten
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Thaks Fuz , though i have found something more comprehensive

http://blogs.msdn.com/robmen/archive/2005/11/04/Deciphering-the-MSI-Directory-table_2C00_-part-5-_2800_the-dot_2C00_-colon-and-pipe_2900_.aspx
Answered 04/16/2007 by: msi_learner
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Every day's a school day!

Thanks
Fuz
Answered 04/16/2007 by: fuz_kitten
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you are aware there is 7 articles in that series huh ?
Answered 04/17/2007 by: jmcfadyen
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Sure the article is a 7 series , but i dont think anyone can give a better description other that the person who has written Orca..
Answered 04/17/2007 by: msi_learner
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