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VBScript CA failing on Vista

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 00:01

I am testing my install out my product installer on a Windows Vista build and I am getting this error in a CA that is in a vbs file:


Action start 14:38:59: BrandCrossProduct.
MSI (s) (78:E8) [14:38:59:272]: Generating random cookie.
MSI (s) (78:E8) [14:38:59:282]: Created Custom Action Server with PID 2924 (0xB6C).
MSI (s) (78:74) [14:38:59:346]: Running as a service.
MSI (s) (78:74) [14:38:59:355]: Hello, I'm your 32bit Impersonated custom action server.
MSI (s) (78:B0) [14:38:59:376]: Failed to marshal script action.
MSI (s) (78:B0) [14:38:59:376]: Failed to marshal script action.
Action ended 14:38:59: BrandCrossProduct. Return value 3.

The function looks like this:


Sub BrandCrossProduct
Dim installedProductName
installedProductName = Session.Property("CROSSPRODUCTUPGRADE")
WriteToLog installedProductName
Session.Property("CROSSPRODUCTUPGRADE") = Replace(Replace(installedProductName, "OldName", "NewName"), "Product", "Desktop Agent")
WriteToLog Session.Property("CROSSPRODUCTUPGRADE")
End Sub

Sub WriteToLog(message)
Const msiMessageTypeInfo = &H04000000
Dim msg, record
msg = "[CUSTOMACTION]: " + message

Set record = Session.Installer.CreateRecord(1)
record.StringData(1) = msg
record.StringData(0) = "[1]"
Session.Message msiMessageTypeInfo, record
End Sub

Anyone have any ideas what "Failed to marshal script action." means in this case? I've read some places about that message appearing on XP SP2, but no real answers or suggestions other than to stop using VBScript in CAs. I plan to do that, but would like to know if there are any work arounds for the versions of my product that has already shipped.


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Posted 02 December 2005 - 08:29

What's the type of your custom action and at which position is they included in sequence table?

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