wine autorun utility

Damjan Jovanovic dj015 at
Fri Jun 30 01:26:21 CDT 2006

--- Chris <chris.kcat at> wrote:

> On Thursday 29 June 2006 21:13, Vitaliy Margolen
> wrote:
> > Chris if you think that autostart is such a great
> idea - you are very
> > welcome to start sending patches in. And if they
> are reasonable enough they
> > might get in. But if you want to rant about that
> Linux doesn't have some
> > absolutely required "feature" that windows has -
> this not the right place.
> This sounds like you missed my point. My argument
> isn't that autorun is cool 
> and Linux should have it (when in fact KDE *does*
> have it, to some degree), 
> my argument is that Windows has it and it's not
> inherently detramental (since 
> the user would be instructed to manually do what
> autorun does automatically 
> anyway, and hence have the same effects), so Wine,
> if it is trying to match 
> Windows feature-for-feature and bug-for-bug, should
> have it too. IMO, of 
> course.

Exactly. Windows is such a ubiquitous OS that it sets
the standards for all others. Users see Windows
autoruning stuff, so when Linux doesn't, "Windows is

> If I knew how dbus and hal worked, I would probbly
> try to make the necesarry 
> patches. But as I'm not familiar with Win32 or
> Wine's internals, I'm not 
> really qualified to work on it, at this time. I'm
> just a user voicing my 
> opinion.

Chances are it's probably going to work better (and
raise fewer objections from developers) if you start
wine from the Gnome or KDE autorun, rather than try
make wine autorun stuff internally. (Autoruning stuff
internally in wine is problematic: both wine and
Gnome/KDE could be trying to autorun something at the
same time!)

I've used hal and dbus before: they're not as bad as
they look. Look at wine's explorer, it uses them to
both monitor hardware for changes and query hardware

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