explorer: add /startfile switch for starting files from file managers

Lei Zhang thestig at google.com
Mon Mar 17 10:05:42 CDT 2008

On Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 9:39 PM, Vincent Povirk
<madewokherd+d41d at gmail.com> wrote:
> This patch adds a switch, /startfile, to explorer.exe, used as "wine
>  explorer /startfile filename". It accepts a windows or 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 this switch 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
>  http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5224#c14
>  My last attempt created a new winelib program; apparently this
>  functionality fits in explorer.
>  --
>  Vincent Povirk

Patches should go to wine-patches, not wine-devel.

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