Autoplay considered harmful

Evil Jay wine at
Sat Feb 16 10:44:15 CST 2008

The purist in me says that WINE should not improve on Windows - it
should behave the same way, warts and all.  If I had a vote, I'd vote to
enable it by default, but give the user an easy way to disable it in
winecfg.  (And I'd immediately disable it the first time I ran Winecfg!)

But, whatever you guys decide to do is cool - as long as you keep
cranking out this great package!  :)


Steven Edwards wrote:
> On Feb 16, 2008 8:58 AM, Dan Kegel <dank at> wrote:
>> says that USB devices are being sold with infected
>> autorun apps.  "If you plug in, you're already infected,"
>> I'd say that's a pretty good argument for not supporting autoplay...
> I was actually thinking about this today. The right method would be to
> use HAL notification events to prompt the user if they want to autorun
> when sticking a new cdrom in. There could even be warning text in the
> dialog so that if it pops up with other device insertion, the user
> would know that it could be a virus.

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