A philosophical question on the Windows Shell.

Andreas Mohr Usenet 08/01 vooe7o001 at sneakemail.com
Tue Aug 7 14:03:08 CDT 2001

Uwe Bonnes <bon at elektron.ikp.physik.tu-darmstadt.de> wrote:
> The Ghost In The Machine <ewill at lexideb.athghost7038suus.net> wrote:
> :...
> : OK, very dumb question here, which may not be relevant to this
> : Anthony's, but:

> : Would there be a problem in running a task which gives one "the
> : Windows environment"?  I've no idea what the official name is in Win2k,
> : but the Shell seems to be the term used, and in any event something
> : has to maintain the background.  Most likely it's an IE offshoot...

> There is no fundamental problem. The windows shell is "explorer.exe",
> linking deep  into undocumented functions and into IE on recent versions.

> So technical problems are big.
Well, but there are still free Explorer replacements left for fiddling...
(sorry, I can't remember the name of that big project for the life of me)

> : It's possible no one would want to anyway, but I occasionally
> : get the feeling I'm "rebooting" Windows every time I run Wine;
> : it's setting up, running the program, and then tearing down
> : when the program exits.  Perhaps part of this can be helped
> : via Wineserver, but I do wonder.

> Startup of wineserver takes some time. So keep a windows process running,
> and another invocation of a windows programm via wine will use the running
> wineserver... 

Well, yeah, but better use wineserver -p.

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