If you’re using WiX 2.0, my Paraffin tool can help you automate some of your setup chores. To read more about Paraffin, see the three part article, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Thanks to Matthew Goos who sent me the patch, there’s a new –dirref when creating the initial .WXS file. That allows you specify the DirectoryRef element Id value. The default is INSTALLDIR.

When updating an existing file, I now allow you to specify both –ext and –direXclude switches so you can add additional extensions and directories to ignore. Any new ignored extensions or directories are added into the output file comment section so they are there the next time you update.

Thanks to all of you who have downloaded Paraffin. If you’re using Paraffin, please let me know as I’m curious if others find it useful. Numerous people have asked if there’s a WiX 3.0 compatible version on Paraffin. Right now there isn’t but I’ll update Paraffin to support WiX 3.0 as soon as the WiX team declares a stable 3.0.

Grab the latest Paraffin here. As always, let me know if there are any features you’d like to see or bugs that need squashing.