How do you copy a set of files to multiple places using Wix?
Duplicate Files: Windows Installer has its own concept for this called
"DuplicateFiles". It only works if the files are actually identical, but it sounds like that's what you want.
CopyFile Element: In WIX you implement this via the
I haven't actually tried it, but it should look something like this
<Component Id='Manual' Guid='*' > <File Id='Manual' Name='Manual.pdf' Source='Manual.pdf' KeyPath='yes'> <CopyFile Id='MyDuplicateFile1' DestinationProperty ='DesktopFolder'/> </File> </Component>
Simply create multiple components which reference the same file, but install it to different locations. The only gotcha is that you cannot use two
<File Source="somefile"/> elements referencing the same file because they will get the same auto-generated ID. Explicitly give the file elements different IDs to avoid that problem.
<DirectoryRef Id="directory1"> <Component Id="somefile-component1"> <File Id="somefile-id1" Source="/path/to/somefile"/> </Component> </DirectoryRef> <DirectoryRef Id="directory2"> <Component Id="somefile-component2"> <File Id="somefile-id2" Source="/path/to/somefile"/> </Component> </DirectoryRef>