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remove file from package?

hi all,

a year ago i have done a package that was then distributed to all the workstations in our network.

today, i have a request to remove 2 files from the package.

if i modify the package and put it in our production environment, the way things are set, the package will automatically be updated on the workstations.

does someone know a way i can do this without having the workstations uninstall/re-install the package? i tried a patch but it doesn't remove the files. can it be done without the uninstall phase?

thanks!

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Posted by: dpu_bansal83 12 years ago
Orange Belt
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Make a new MSI with just 2 required entries in remove files table and instrall this package which would remove the required files and the package would not update as well since Product code would not match.
Posted by: turbokitty 12 years ago
6th Degree Black Belt
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Does the package self-heal? That is, are the files you're deleting from this package key files? If so, the files may come right back after next launch with the above approach.

To do this properly, you'd need to patch the install.
Posted by: kardock 12 years ago
Second Degree Green Belt
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yes i have self-healing.

i have tried a patch already but the files are still there.

thanks!
Posted by: turbokitty 12 years ago
6th Degree Black Belt
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What tool are you using and how are you removing the files in the patch?
Posted by: kardock 12 years ago
Second Degree Green Belt
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thanks for the reply but since i was out of time (need to deliver this tomorrow morning) i have resigned myself doing a uninstall/re-install operation, from an upgrade of the original msi.

i was hoping to bypass it but this is not a perfect world ;-)

thanks again!
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