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Change %Installdir% for Windows mobile CAB file StorageCard

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Hy,

I am using VS 2008 to develop Windows mobile C# and C++ applications. I am using the CAB-project to build my CAB files. Now a have the following problem: My user should have the possibility to choose the Installation directory device or storage card. I want to use the application folder but done want the default value because I want the directory structure \AppFolder\Company\App and not the autogenerated value \AppFolder\App.

I looked for the reason of this  behavior an found the section:
[CEStrings]
AppName="ApplicationStandard 2.1.2.6"
InstallDir=%CE1%\%AppName%
in the the autogenerated inf-File.

Does anyone know a possibility to change the value of to InstallDir=%CE1%\Comanny\APP every time when I rebuld the CAB automatically. I only found the solution to build the CAB, change the CEstring manually an rerun the bulid of the CAB manually.

Does anyone know a better solution?

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In visual studio where you have your file explorer on the cab manager you can add a Folder to tree structure.
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Thank for the quick reply,

but I am sorry it is no solution because if you look at the directory tree on the Mobile Device you will see there is a directory above Mycompany with the name Application name.
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add a special folder
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if have tried this before, but if I do it this way, there is no possibilty for user to elect the install destination (device or storagecard) an even if I tried it to do with a setup.dll I have found no way to change the %installdir% with C++ code

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Now I have solved my problem for an automatic CAB build with automatic changed %InstallDir%.

Normaly the last thing in a VS 2008 solution for mobile devices is building the CAB file. I added one more C++ project to the mobile solution, named ChangeCAB, wich does nothing. In the build order of the VS 2008 solution I build this project after the CAB file. Within this project I only use the prebulid and postbuild events. In the prebuild event I change then line with InstallDir="%CE1%\%AppName" and replace the line with InstallDir="%CE1%" with an editor macro. In the postbuildevent I rerun cabwiz.exe For a better maintainabilty I use $(SolutionDir) rather then the absolute path in the command line for cabwiz.exe

Now everything is fine and I can rebuild my VS 2008 mobile project.

Thanks for trying to help me.
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im glad :)
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Everything is no ok
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No other answer could solve the problem
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