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vs 2005 deployment project and prebuildevent

Posted on 2007-03-21
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All,
I have a deployment/install project in VS 2005.
I have a pre req of .NET framework embedded into it and seems to work fine.

I need to run a little EXE program AFTER the framework is installed but BEFORE the Project is installed.
I am flirting around with the prebuildevent, but it doesnt seem to run from there.
I have tried:
Call Cmd(program.exe)
and just:
Cmd(program.exe)

I am new to deployment projects and feel this is something simple, but can someone give me the proper syntax or call for this?

Thanks!
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Question by:Cleavis
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igor_alpha earned 500 total points
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Hi, Cleavis!
For perform some operations on installing or run some executables you need to add custom actions to deployment projects.
Then you need to create installer class, which would execute your .exe and set custom action to it.
Installer class would just start your programm so it code would be simple:
            ProcessStartInfo info = new ProcessStartInfo();
            info.FileName = Path.Combine(System.Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("somedir"),
                 "program.exe");
            info.CreateNoWindow = true;
            info.UseShellExecute = false;
            Process.Start(info);
Detailed article, described how to create custom action you can find below.
Building Custom Installer Classes in .NET
http://www.devx.com/dotnet/Article/20849/0/page/1
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by:Cleavis
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igor,

yes, this should work for me.

thanks for the info!
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