IHlink::Navigate mystery value

André Hentschel nerv at dawncrow.de
Thu Jan 7 16:36:41 CST 2010

Andrew Eikum schrieb:
> I've been working the past few days on cleaning up low-hanging-fruit
> bugs relating to MSOffice.  I've run into one bug for which I have a
> solution, but I have no explanation as to why the solution is correct.
> It's what Windows does, but I don't know why!  This email's a bit long,
> but it describes the problem and various things I've tried to understand
> the solution.  Hopefully someone reading this list has some ideas :)
> The bug is in PowerPoint.  On native, when a slideshow is exited (i.e.
> go out of 'presentation mode'), the currently-displayed slide should
> become activated in the main 'editor' PowerPoint window.  In Wine,
> however, the main window shows the slide that was active when the
> slideshow began.  This makes resuming the slideshow from where you left
> off a big pain.
> The problem is in the hlink module, specifically with IHlink::Navigate
> (implemented in Wine as IHlink_fnNavigate around dlls/hlink/link.c:436).
>  IHlink objects can contain an IHlinkSite reference, which the Navigate
> function makes calls to as it proceeds through navigation, as a sort of
> callback.
> The last call in IHlink::Navigate is to
> IHlinkSite::OnNavigationComplete.  This function takes an HRESULT
> argument which, according to MSDN, should contain the final result of
> the navigation.  Again, according to MSDN, IHlink::Navigate should
> return S_OK on success, error otherwise.
> Of course, reality is different from what MSDN claims.  On native,
> IHlinkSite::OnNavigationComplete is consistently called by
> IHlink::Navigate with its HRESULT argument set to 0x40100.  I have no
> idea what this value is supposed to represent.  Every Windows version
> with an hlink DLL, on both x86 and x86_64, passes 0x40100 to the
> IHlinkSite when IHlink::Navigate is called.  It doesn't seem to matter
> what the target of the navigation is (website, file on filesystem).  See
> the tests linked below.
> Currently in Wine our IHlink::Navigate passes S_OK, as you'd expect from
> both the documentation and common sense.  For whatever bizarre reason,
> however, PowerPoint requires that this HRESULT value be greater than
> zero.  If zero (S_OK) is passed, then PowerPoint fails to restore the
> proper slide and just does nothing.  If an error code is passed,
> PowerPoint pops up an error message, as you'd expect.  But if a value
> greater than zero is passed (it's not picky about 0x40100), PowerPoint
> correctly opens the proper slide.  So unfortunately, we need to do this
> "right" for PowerPoint to behave.
> Interpreted as an HRESULT, 0x40100 is DRAGDROP_S_DROP, a successful DND
> operation, as returned by DoDragDrop.  Is it possible that Windows
> navigates to items by drag-dropping into the appropriate application?
> IHlink _does_ also implement IOleObject, which is the "object" passed by
> DoDragDrop.  This interpretation seems unlikely, though, since all
> programs that are associated with a filetype (i.e. open with
> ShellExecute) must then implement IDropTarget.  I'm not ruling this
> interpretation out, but I can't make sense of it.
> You'll note that the value looks something like a set of two bitflags.
> File access permissions were the first thing to come to mind, but
> Julliard said it looks nothing like permission flags that he's seen.
> I've looked at every constant in include with the value 0x40000 and seen
> nothing that looks relevant.
> I sent a hack implementation off to wine-patches, but it was rejected.
> Alexandre said he'd like a better investigation of where 0x40100 comes
> from.  I've exhausted my knowledge and can think of no place to derive
> this value from.  I'm here asking if the value stands out to anyone, or
> if there are any suggestions of things to probe or functions to poke to
> get some meaning attached to this number.
> Any ideas?
> My hackish fix, with tests:
> http://www.winehq.org/pipermail/wine-patches/2010-January/083470.html
> MSDN IHlink documentation:
> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa767974%28VS.85%29.aspx
> MSDN IHlinkSite documentation:
> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa767933%28VS.85%29.aspx
> Andrew
As you see msdn is often wrong. I first would start to get the tests committed with todowine's so that everyone can see that this is the behavior, also i would try to get some other returns if possible.
Looking through constants ending up with 40000 is also tricky as there might be some macros which shifts some things to get a number like 0x40100. (ioctls does so)
Then if you really had no chance to figure out what it is, maybe AJ would commit something like
#define UNDOCUMENTED 0x40100
(already seen in code)


Best Regards, André Hentschel

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