[Distutils] SourceForge.net: Project Info - Windows Installer XML (WiX) toolset

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Fri Nov 5 22:52:15 CET 2004

Trent Mick wrote:
> M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
>> Looking more closely at the msi2xml project page it seems
>> to do XML -> MSI direction as well.
>> Trent, do you have experience with one of them ? Which is
>> more usable ?
> WiX was built and is maintained by Microsoft guys (mainly Robert 
> Menching) and is, they say, heavily used inside Microsoft for putting 
> there installer packages together. I've played a little bit with WiX and 
> probably intend to use it for ActivePython (and other installers I 
> author at work) eventually but haven't started really using it yet. I'm 
> pretty confident that WiX is a good way to go. I haven't used msi2xml at 
> all so I can't compare them technically, but the Microsoft usage stories 
> makes me more confident in WiX. A quick look at the msi2xml XML schema 
> gives me the impression that msi2xml would feel a lot more raw where as 
> WiX attempts to put a slight nicer face on the authoring of the database 
> tables that make up an MSI package -- for better or worse. (ASIDE: MySQL 
> is now using WiX for their installers.)
> WiX blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/robmen/category/4625.aspx
> Rob's personal blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/robmen/

Thanks for the information. Looks like WiX is the way to go then.

Any takers ?

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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