I have been using forward slashes in all paths, as we need to be able to be cross platform.

However, when I do so with firewall rules, it seems to be problematic.

I add a rule using execute program, as follows:

<runprogram> <program>netsh.exe</program> <programarguments>firewall add allowedprogram "${installdir}/jre/bin/java.exe" "${project.fullname} JRE"</programarguments> </runprogram>

The rule is added ok.

However, during uninstall I try and reverse it using the following:

<runprogram> <program>netsh.exe</program> <programarguments>firewall delete allowedprogram "${installDir}/jre/bin/java.exe"</programarguments> </runprogram>

However, this does NOT work - the rule is still there (Windows 7). However, if I change the slashes to backslashes for the delete, it works fine.


asked 13 Mar '12, 17:01

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You can simply replace all forward slashes and always pass a path with backslashes to netsh. You can do this for example by doing:


It is also documented in Variables section of InstallBuilder User Guide.


answered 14 Mar '12, 04:04

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