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Description of the Setup logging options in Office 2003

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    Default Description of the Setup logging options in Office 2003

    The Microsoft Office 2003 Setup program automatically creates log files in your Temporary folder. The log files have names that are similar to the following:

    Log file for Log file name
    Setup.exe Microsoft Office 2003 Setup(nnnn).txt
    Microsoft Windows Installer (Office Installation) Office 2003 Setup(nnnn)_Task(0001).txt

    The nnnn characters in the log file names are numbers that start with 0001. They increment by 1 if you have to run the Setup program multiple times. Therefore, the log file that has the highest number is the log file for the last time that you ran the Setup program.

    The following table lists the logging options that are available that you can use with the /L switch of the Windows Installer.

    Log Switch Description
    a Start of action notification
    c Initial UI parameters
    e Error messages
    i Information-only messages
    m Out-of-memory messages
    o Out-of-disk-space messages
    p Property table list in form property=value
    r Action data record; contains action-specific information
    u User request messages
    v Verbose includes debug messages
    w Warning messages
    * Turn on all logging options except v
    + Append to existing log file

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    Use custom logging options

    There are two ways that you can customize the logging parameters that are used to create a Windows Installer log file. You can use a custom command line, or you can modify the Setup.ini file.

    Use a custom command line
    You can use any combination of parameters with the /L switch. The only requirement for the /L switch is that you also specify a path and a file name for your log files.

    The following is a sample command line:
    path \setup.exe /Lme! c:\customlog.txt

    Modify the Setup.ini file
    The Setup.ini file contains a [Logging] section that you can modify to create a custom set of logging options. To change the default logging parameters for the vpiwae option, modify the Type= line in the Setup.ini file. For example, change the Type= line in the following to Type=voicewarmup.

    You can also specify a path for your log files by creating a Path= line in the [Logging] section. For example, if you create the following entry in the [Logging] section Path=c:\Logfiles, the Logfiles folder is created on the root of your C drive (if it does not already exist), and any log files that were created during the Office installation will be created in this folder.

    If you modify the Setup.ini file in the Files\Setup folder of your administrative installation, you do not need a custom command line. However, if you rename the modified Setup.ini file, or if the modified Setup.ini file is located in a location other than the Files\Setup folder of your Office installation, use a command line that is similar to the following to reference the new settings file:
    path \setup.exe /settings \\ servername \ share \CustomSetup.ini

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