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CopyFile with no FileId results in broken MSI #5867

tcostin opened this Issue Aug 23, 2018 · 1 comment


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tcostin commented Aug 23, 2018

If a component has a CopyFile element that does not specify a FileId, the resulting MSI is not usable.

I am including some images as part of the installation package but I need them installed to a different folder. Here is my wxs snippet:

<Directory Id="ProgramFilesFolder">
   <Directory Id="CompanyFolder" Name="MyCompany">
       <Directory Id="INSTALLFOLDER" Name="MyProduct">
             <Directory Id="ImagesFolder" Name="images" />

<Component Id="ProductComponent" Directory="INSTALLFOLDER">
 <File Source = "(BuildDir)MyProductExe.exe" />
 <File Source = "(BuildDir)images\image1.bmp" />
 <File Source = "(BuildDir)images\image2.bmp" />
 <CopyFile Id="MoveBmp" Delete="yes" SourceName="*.bmp" DestinationDirectory="ImagesFolder"/>

I am able to compile the MSI project and the msi and cab file are created successfully. But when I try to install the MSI, I get error 2716 from Windows Installer. Added some snippets from msi verbose log:

Action start 22:17:55: FileCost.
MSI (c) (5C:78) [22:17:55:111]: Note: 1: 2205 2: 3: MsiAssembly
MSI (c) (5C:78) [22:17:55:111]: Note: 1: 2716 2: ProductComponent
MSI (c) (5C:78) [22:17:55:111]: Note: 1: 2205 2: 3: Error
MSI (c) (5C:78) [22:17:55:111]: Note: 1: 2228 2: 3: Error 4: SELECT Message FROM Error WHERE Error = 2716
DEBUG: Error 2716: Couldn't create a random subcomponent name for component 'ProductComponent'.
MSI (c) (5C:20) [22:17:55:115]: Font created. Charset: Req=0, Ret=0, Font: Req=MS Shell Dlg, Ret=MS Shell Dlg

MSI (c) (5C:78) [22:17:57:167]: Note: 1: 2205 2: 3: Error
MSI (c) (5C:78) [22:17:57:167]: Note: 1: 2228 2: 3: Error 4: SELECT Message FROM Error WHERE Error = 1709
MSI (c) (5C:78) [22:17:57:167]: Product: (MyProduct) -- The installer has encountered an unexpected error installing this package. This may indicate a problem with this package. The error code is 2716. The arguments are: ProductComponent, ,

Action ended 22:17:57: FileCost. Return value 3.
Action ended 22:17:57: INSTALL. Return value 3.

If I remove the element, the MSI installs successfully.

Windows 7.1 [x64] & .Net 4.7.2
WiX Toolset v3.11 (3.11.2318.0)
VS 2017.8.1 & WiX Extension 0.9.21

@barnson barnson added this to the v4.0 milestone Sep 13, 2018


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barnson commented Sep 13, 2018

Workaround: Specify SourceDirectory.

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