wine autorun utility
David D. Hagood
wowbagger at sktc.net
Thu Jun 29 08:48:31 CDT 2006
Vijay Kiran Kamuju wrote:
> I think HAL for linux should handle the automatic mounting and
> autorunning it take care.
> So it should be a part of HAL.
> my 2 cents.
I strongly DISAGREE - as others have pointed out, the auto-running of
CDs is a severe mis-feature of Windows, one which we should NOT duplicate.
Now, I could agree with the idea of a program that, upon receiving a
DBUS notification of a CD insertion, looked to see if there was an
autorun.inf file, and then *asked the user what to do*. IF the user then
said "Yes, please run this disk" then the program would parse the
Ideally, such a program would also maintain a database of CDs already
seen, and would allow the user to define an action for the CD that would
happen automatically - an action that may have NOTHING to do with the CD
itself. But the default action, for CDs never before seen should be "ask
Equally ideally, there should be a standard for *nix autorun files, that
would allow for a bit more than "infect^Wrun this" - something like an
XML file describing the disk, a set of possible actions (run a script,
run an existing program, perform some "standard action" like "play as
DVD", "run music program"), and the "autorun" program would be part of
the operating environment, and would present a meaningful menu to the user.
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