Should winedevice.exe in the end be able to load file system drivers as well?

Paul Vriens at
Thu May 8 01:03:01 CDT 2008

Maarten Lankhorst wrote:
> Hi Paul,
> 2008/5/7 Paul Vriens < at>:
>> Hi,
>>  The comment in winedevice.exe says "Service process to load a kernel driver".
>>  But will winedevice.exe in the (far ?) future be the vehicle to load file system
>>  drivers as well.
> I think the idea of loading filesystem drivers is insane at best,
> unless you plan to add a whole vfs layer, or modify the captive driver
> (NTFS binary driver loader for the linux kernel) to work on wine. And
> even that probably depends on the vfs layer. Feel free to correct me
> if I'm wrong.
> Cheers,
> Maarten.
It's not so much that I want the driver to actually work :-).

I was experimenting with Mozy backup ( with respect to bug 
12030 (

Installation stalls when the file system driver is installed. Changing 
services.exe to route this driver via winedevice makes the installer work 
"normal" but crashes (of course?) the driver.

When I then remove the patch from services.exe and try to start anything I see a 
1 minute delay in execution. This is due to us trying to launch the driver 
(without winedevice) and sending a start control to it. It looks like this 
introduces a timeout.

So again, I'm not trying to get this driver running but want to get rid of that 



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