Assining .bat and .com files with the desktop

Scott Ritchie scott at
Sun Aug 14 18:02:33 CDT 2011

On 08/11/2011 09:18 AM, Vincent Povirk wrote:
> I'm not sure DOSBox is able to competently open some random executable
> file. One would have to make a config file that sets up a drive
> mapping, runs the file, and quits. If Wine can do these things (and
> maybe also properly handle cases where the COM executable expects to
> be run on a windows machine or, say, a dos machine with win3.1
> installed), it seems like a fine choice to me.
> There's a non-zero chance that wine start /unix will actually start
> cmd and make a terminal for BAT files. It makes one for console
> executables. If it doesn't, there's a possibility that start.exe will
> do that on Windows, in which case that is a Wine bug that we should
> fix. You should test that before making a new thing.
> There was some talk on #mono (or #monodev) to the effect that the
> arbitration mechanism for different kinds of files is called mime
> types, and a DOS exe, x86/x64 PE exe, and CLR exe are all different
> and should have different mime types.

To extend this, the relevant project is's
shared-mime-info and if it can't yet tell them apart that's simply a bug.

Is there a super-easy way for shared-mime-info to tell these guys apart?

Scott Ritchie

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