In this page you can create new custom MSI tables and edit the predefined ones.
The information presented in this article can be applied in a similar fashion to Table Editor Page from Merge Module Project.
Creating a new table
Use the Insert key while the tables tree is focused. The New Table dialog will be displayed allowing you to specify the table schema.toolbar button, the “Create Table...” context menu item or press the
Adding a predefined table to MSI
Use the + key while the tables tree is focused.toolbar button, the “Add Table...” context menu item or press the
Adjusting the table schema
Use the Space key while an element from the tables tree is selected. The Edit Table dialog will be displayed allowing you to edit the table schema.toolbar button, the “Adjust schema...” context menu item or press the
Importing a table
Use the “Import Table...” context menu item.
You can import tables from Windows Installer Archive Files (.IDT).
Removing a table
Use the Delete key while an element from the tables tree is selected.toolbar button, the “Delete” context menu item or press the
Upon removing a table all the contained rows will be lost.
Adding a row to a table
Use the Insert key while a table from the list is selected. The New Row dialog will be displayed allowing you to insert a row in the currently selected table.toolbar button, the “New Row...” list context menu item or press the
Editing a row values
Use the Enter key while the row you want to edit is selected. The Edit Row dialog will be displayed allowing you to update the row values.toolbar button, the “Edit Row...” list context menu item or press the
Row values can be edited directly in list, use Space key while a row is selected in the list and the editing will begin with the first column of the selected row. Use Tab key to continue editing with the next column.
Removing a row
Use the Delete key while the row you want deleted is selected.toolbar button, the “Delete” list context menu item or press the
The changes made to a predefined table are not reflected in the Advanced Installer user interface. They will be applied when the MSI is built having precedence over changes performed from the UI.
Use thetoolbar button to highlight the current transform content.
It is only available in Quick Edit Mode when editing a transform.
Diff MSI file
Use thetoolbar button to highlight MST content or differences between another MSI.
- Red tables are custom tables which can be modified only from the Table Editor.
- Blue tables are tables which can also be changed from the GUI.
- Tables with a green vertical line on the left have entries which could have been shown in the GUI but failed for some reason. This is also the marking of a table after it has been edited directly (not from the GUI).
Filtering the table
Type a string in the top right edit box to filter the table by.
Excluding a table from Transforms
Use the “Ignore in Transforms” context menu item when in Msi Quick Editor mode. Any changes performed to this table will not be added to the resulting MST file.
Some table changes (like "Media", "_Validation") are by default excluded from MST.
When media related changes are detected during MST creation (like addition of files or source path changes) then the "Media" table will no longer be excluded from the resulting transform.