programs: add winestartfile for starting files from the unix path (for file managers)

Vincent Povirk madewokherd+d41d at
Sun Feb 17 14:28:53 CST 2008

This is now attempt 4, not that anyone's counting.

Adding winelib programs is a bit involved, and I imagine I've screwed
something up along the way. If you know how to add them properly,
please say something, even if it's to tell me I did it right.

This patch adds a winelib program called winestartfile for starting
files given the unix path. It attempts to mimic what windows explorer
does to start files and provide some visible (gui) feedback when it
doesn't work. The idea is that wine.desktop can then be modified to
use winestartfile instead of wine, solving the following problems when
starting exe files from file managers:
* File managers typically do not set the working directory to the
directory that contains an exe when they start it. Setting the working
directory is the default behavior for windows explorer, and many
windows programs rely on it.
* File managers naturally use the unix path to start files, and the
wine binary passes the unix path along to the exe it starts, rather
than translating it to a windows path (this can and probably should
also be fixed somewhere else).
* Windows explorer always starts exe files with quotes around the path
in the command-line, even if the path does not contain spaces. The
wine binary does not (and probably should not) add quotes in this
situation. A few apps rely on the quotes. See

Vincent Povirk
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