RFC - device notifications idea

Damjan Jovanovic dj015 at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 2 09:15:02 CDT 2006

I was disappointed to see that "dynamic drive
amounts to a few HAL functions in wine's explorer.

Windows has been using device notifications for at
least 11 years now (since Windows 95), and neither
wine nor ReactOS have even begun this feature.

I would be interested in implementing it by using
dbus/HAL in wineserver, and translating HAL device
notifications into equivalent WM_DEVICECHANGE messages
which then get broadcast to all windows.

Is any work being done in this area? If not, would
this work? Are long-running functions requiring I/O
(hal_device_get_property_...()) allowed in wineserver
(which seems to be event-driven)? Any other comments?

Thank you

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