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Another new fixup for MSIX PSF: EnvVar

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A summer ‘staycation’ project from me. This project is now accepted into the develop branch of the Microsoft PSF repository.

EnvVarFixup is a new type of MSIX Package Support Framework intercept that addresses the issue of MSIX not supporting new/changed environment variables inside the package.

The fixup allows for the specification of environment variables and values …

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The case of the MSIX file that was deleted, or maybe not.

Attribution: Original artwork Stuart MilesFiguring out why a traditional package recaptured into MSIX does not work can be a bit of art.  Of sure, we have some standard things we look for and fixups that we can use, but what about when it isn’t one of those?

The case today is about an application for which the standard fixups solved one problem, but didn’t …

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New Goodness in PsfTooling 4.1.0

Today there is a new version of PsfTooling up in the Microsoft Store. A free tool, it works in conjunction with the Microsoft MSIX Packaging Tool to add and configure the MSIX Package Support Framework into your package capture.

So what’s new in version 4.1?

  •  Added a button to analyze and suggest fixups (see image below). At this point it
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PsfTooling 4.0

Today I am happy to announce that version 4 of PsfTooling is now available from the Microsoft Store.  A free tool, it is used in conjunction with the Microsoft MSIX Packaging tool to add and configure the Package Support Framework (PSF) during the repackaging process.

The changes in this new version include:

  • A revamped UI.  Instead of three wizards there
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What’s new in the PSF for July 2020

Hurray! Another Pull Request of mine has been accepted into the Package Support Framework Develop branch. This one, PR #150, adds another new registry fixup.

The Issue:

The MSIX runtime protects the registry assets of the package from deletion.  This can be a problem for applications that assume that they can remove registry keys and items.  In the …

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What’s new in the PSF for June 30, 2020

Oops, I did it again!  Another Pull Request of mine has been accepted into the Package Support Framework Develop branch.  This one is small, but makes debugging of launch issues with the PSF easier solves, and a couple of blocking issues affecting at least one app each.
  • Added a new config.json option for PsfLauncher.  Added a new config.json option
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MSIX Packaging

Blank folders in MSIX Packages

…or we could call it “The mystery of the empty MSIXPackagingToolGeneratedFile.txt file” to be catchy!

The packaging format used by UWP, MSIX, and App-V files is loosely structured around formats based on the PkZip format specification. This format mostly has file references, with the file headers providing information about the path that the file lives under. So folders …

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PsfTooling 3.8

With the updates to the MSIX Package Support Framework for June 2020, described in https://www.tmurgent.com/TmBlog/?p=3095, I added a new type of fixup to the PSF, RegLegacyFixups.

Version 3.8 of PsfTooling is now available up in the Microsoft Store. This free tool is used alongside the Microsoft MSIX Packaging Tool to add and configure the PSF into your recaptured package.…