Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Editing Files in a WSP

Sometimes you don't have the Visual Studio project handy for a wsp--but you want to change something (settings, etc). I can remember trying this a while back and finding it tedious--having to resort to makecab and the like. The need came up again so I figured it was worth a search to see if anything had changed, and behold, there is an easier way now. Thanks to Grumpy Wookie for posting about a nice archiving utility, IZArc, and how to use it to edit wsp's. I found a slightly simpler process. The steps are basically:
  • Rename the WSP to CAB
  • Extract the wsp to a folder
  • Edit the extracted files as needed
  • Select all the files in extracted folder (Ctrl-A) and create a zip archive (this avoids the problem Grumpy Wookie ran into with IZArc not handling subfolders)
  • Open the zip in IZArc and do Tools > Convert Archive and select Cabinet (.cab) as the Output Type to create it as a CAB
  • Edit the created cab file to change it back to a wsp
You can download IZArc from CNet.

I wouldn't normally blog about something this trivial, but I figure the more blog posts on this, the better.

4 comments:

Binh Luong said...

Thanks for your help. It save my time

Reddy said...

Thanks allot, Keep up the more best post..

it's saved me lot of time..

Niranjan said...

Thanks..it helped

Suresh Tg said...

Good one.

worked very well thanks

Suresh T G