wine autorun utility

Vitaliy Margolen wine-devel at
Thu Jun 29 19:59:56 CDT 2006

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 12:02:38 PM, William Knop wrote:
> On 6/29/06, Vincent Povirk <madewokherd+d41d at> wrote:
>> On 6/29/06, Chris <chris.kcat at> wrote:
>> > One could argue Windows itself is a mis-feature. :P Isn't the point of Wine to
>> > duplicate Windows, feature-for-feature and bug-for-bug? IMO, autorun
>> > capabilities should be included, though I personally don't care if it's on or
>> > off by default, as long as there's an option in winecfg. I'll just turn it
>> > off myself. Or perhaps even a popup notification upon the first detected
>> > autorun-capable disc, asking if you want to turn autorun on or off.
>> > autorun.inf needs to be parsed anyway, since it can set an icon for the
>> > drive.
>> No, I think the point of Wine is to run Windows programs on top of
>> Unix. We don't need autorun to run Windows programs at all. Wine often
>> leaves out features that are in Windows because they aren't needed to
>> get Windows programs to run.
>> Running whatever code happens to be on a cd without asking the user is
>> a very bad idea. I don't want to see it happen, and I think most real
>> Wine devs probably feel the same way.
>> Gnome already has a feature that can ask the user what to do when a cd
>> is inserted. KDE probably has a similar feature. I think they'd be the
>> people to ask if you want something like Windows' autorun.

> Having the ability to autorun cds is most definitely not a misfeature.
Of course it's not. It's the perfect means of distributing trojans, backdoors,
rootkits and other very useful software an every CD, including DVDs and music


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