[Wine] Re: How can we improve WINE?

DaVince wineforum-user at winehq.org
Mon Apr 6 04:48:33 CDT 2009

austin987 wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 2:17 PM, James Mckenzie
> <jjmckenzie51 at earthlink.net> wrote:
> > 
> > > Make a bridge between appdb and wine, so that when a certain app crashes, an howto could be
> > > displayed, and/or a link to the appdb page is provided.
> > > 
> > 
> > This is a good thought, but what happens when the application is not in the AppDB?  Users are trying to use new programs all the time.  Should we allow them to create a new entry and provide input?  These are items for discussion.
> > 
> It's been discussed quite a bit on both wine-users and wine-devel. The
> consensus was it's very hard to detect what program it is, e.g., even
> for many common programs you have different versions/languages/etc. Do
> you bundle the information with Wine? If so, it gets outdated quickly.
> If you don't, what happens when a user doesn't have an internet
> connection?
> Looking up the information on AppDB isn't THAT hard, and developers
> time is better spent fixing bugs rather than making an appdb bridge.
> --
> -Austin

Could the AppDB possibly accept a hash of the executable file for identification on what program it is? That would solve this problem of linking through it from a crash window, except in the case of the entry not existing, of course. But then the user would get a quick option to enter the basic application data (name, executable file, language, version) so at least that (+ the app's hash for identification) is in place until a real entry is made.

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