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Re: 21.x feature request: windows shortcut support


From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: 21.x feature request: windows shortcut support
Date: 13 Oct 2001 12:02:56 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.0.107

>>>>> "Jason" == Jason Rumney <address@hidden> writes:
> address@hidden (David Masterson) writes:
>> > That doesn't appear to be the only use on Windows.  You can have a
>> > shortcut to a text file (for instance).  When clicked on, it will
>> > "Open" the text file (ie. invoke the editor [Notepad] on it).  A
>> > shortcut has a "Target type" that tells Windows what to do with the
>> > referenced file.  So, the two basic target types seem to be
>> > "Application" and "Text file"
> The basic target types for shortcuts I am aware of are:
>    "Application", which can include extra information such as command
>    line arguments, default working directory, console window
>    properties if it is a console application, and can accept further
>    command line arguments through drag and drop.

I think that when opening such a shortcut, what Emacs should do is
to present the data in a sensible form (and you can then click on the
target if you want to open it).

>    "Data file", which acts as you describe above, but is not limited
>    to text files.

>    "File folder", which doesn't really need to be different than data
>    file, since the default action for folders is invoked the same way
>    as for data files. But apparently an extra bit is set for these, so
>    they must be handled slightly differently.

>    "Network drive"

>    "URL"

>    Probably more for printers, control panels and other special cases.

Thank you for that info.  I really think more and more that supporting
shortcuts anywhere else than in find-file (and when exec'ing a process)
is a bad idea.
And I don't see the point of fetching mailcap.lnk when mailcap
was requested.  If you want symlinks, then use symlinks (f.ex.
those implemented in cygwin which we probably should try to support).



        Stefan



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