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I have recently developed an application in C# .NET and now I have to create the corresponding setup. I need to implement a specific logic during the setup phase and for this reason I chose to use NSIS. In particular I need to write some information in the .config file of my application. I have tried to use a macro based on nsisXML.dll that I found here:[^], but it doesn't work!

The compiler doesn't give any error, but when I launch the setup I obtain a Windows message: "Setup.exe has stopped working - Windows is checking for a solution to the proble..."

So I don't know what may cause the error!!

If someone has a different solution to write in a .config file with NSIS, I will be pleased to read it. Thanks!!
Posted 21-Jun-13 2:33am
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Solution 1

You would find it easier and more maintainable if you create your "config" program in a .net language instead of writing scripts in NSIS.

You can start this config program after the copy process at the end of installation script using ExecWait
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Solution 2

Eventually I have decided to follow the advice to write C# code to manage the config file.
So I wrote a .dll in C# and then I used it as ReserveFile in my NSIS script, using CLR NSIS ([^]) plug-in which allows to call methods in a managed .NET DLL.
So I wrote a function in the NSIS script with the subsequent code:
Function WriteConfig
  SetOutPath "${NSISDIR}\Plugins\"
  File "${NSISDIR}\Plugins\MyNETdll.dll"
CLR::Call /NOUNLOAD "MyNETdll.dll" "Namespace.Class" "Method-To-Write_in-Config" 3 "Config path" "Key" "Value"

where "3" is the number of parameters that the method accepts and the subsequent strings are the parameters themselves.

In this way, whatever method written in C# can be called from the NSIS script!

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