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Console File (MAKEMSI build debug file) - *.DBG.txt

Everything you see displayed by the "MM.CMD" batch file to the console is also logged to a "debug" file. Where information may have been truncated when displayed on the console a longer version is typically sent to the file which will also typically contain much more information which never went to the screen.

By default the file is produced in the "out" subdirectory and will end in ".dbg.txt". This may look like ".dbg" if you have explorer configured not to display file extensions (dangerous in my opinion).

The full name of the file is the "base" name of the script followed by ".dbg.txt", so for example building "TRYME.MM" will create a console file called "out\TRYME.dbg.txt".

The "DBG_ALL" and related macros can be used to configure MAKEMSI to output more or less information.

The "MAKEMSI_MM_SUPPORT_TEXT" environment variable can alter the text message that begins the logs, so if you work for a large company you could direct your users elsewhere for support etc.


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