ntoskrnl status

Mario Demontis mario.demontis at email.it
Fri Jun 16 04:37:34 CDT 2006

In http://www.winehq.com/pipermail/wine-devel/2006-June/048583.html
I read that the patch is Diffed against
What does it mean? How can I get my cvs directory to that state?


On gio, 2006-06-15 at 20:48 -0600, Vitaliy Margolen wrote:
> Thursday, June 15, 2006, 10:01:03 AM, Brian Vincent wrote:
> > On 6/15/06, Mario Demontis <mario.demontis at email.it> wrote:
> >> Any news about ntoskrnl.exe support?
> >> As far as I can understand it's not yet integrated...
> >> Are there any new patches?
> > Read here first:
> > http://www.winehq.com/pipermail/wine-devel/2006-April/047262.html
> > Read here next:
> > http://www.winehq.com/pipermail/wine-devel/2006-June/048583.html
> > Vitaliy Margolen seems to be working on it a bit.
> > Vitaliy - in your email above you wrote, "Here is last instalment".
> > Did you mean, "Here is _the latest_ installment."?  I was going to
> > include that post in this week's WWN and just wanted to make it
> > correct.
> Yes sorry. It was last at the time I sent it. Now I have one more (with
> suggested fixes and against yesterday's git.
> As far as state of it:
> 1. It runs again using new method of communications to ntoskrnl.
> 2. It's still more of the prove of concept stage then production quality code.
> 3. There are several hacks that needs to be dealt with.
> 4. Not yet agreed on what ntoskrnl.exe should be (a dll, or a separate process).
> 1) We used named pipe to talk to ntoskrnl directly from the user space. Now all
> the communication is going through wineserver.
> 2) New ioctl code is highly experimental. wineserver needs to use already setup
> objects and structures. To start with, I think user space code and ntoskrnl code
> are good enough.
> Driver loading looks fine, with exception of service query. We need some way to
> check if driver is loaded and running (might need to add one more ioctl to the
> ntoskrnl).
> 3) ntoskrnl startup is suboptimal. It should look like explorer's startup (there
> are few problems and major differences however). One more hack is associated
> with process startup sequence of events. Wine differs from native in such a way
> that brakes safedisc.
> 4) Alexandre offered an idea to make ntoskrnl.exe a dll that could be loaded by
> an existent explorer process. This is an interesting approach, but there could
> be some complications associated with it.
> So to sum it up: we have a working prototype that's been in this state for
> almost a year now. It's big project with number of different parts. Each part
> could be a big project on it's own if implemented all the way. So if anyone
> wants to spend some time learning the subject and getting it into Wine, they are
> very welcome to jump on board.
> Vitaliy.




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