[arch-dev-public] Wine association, waht should we do?

Ronald van Haren pressh at gmail.com
Thu Aug 28 11:19:22 EDT 2008

On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 5:05 PM, Eduardo Romero <k3nsai at gmail.com> wrote:
> Some users expressed concern in the capabilities of the Wine package to
> run .exe or autorun files by default, and sometimes this without asking
> permission from the user. This can be stopped, the solution can be
> taking this line:
> MimeType=application/x-ms-dos-executable;application/x-msdos-program;application/x-msdownload;
> out of the wine.desktop file.
> And adding a message telling the user that in order to enable file
> association with wine the have to issue the following command as root:
> echo
> "MimeType=application/x-ms-dos-executable;application/x-msdos-program;application/x-msdownload;" >> /usr/share/applications/wine.desktop
> Thanks goes to trivialstuff for looking into this, I didn't had the time
> to.
> The discussion has been going on here:
> http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=54162
> I will appreciate your suggestions guys.
> Thanks
> Eduardo "kensai" Romero

umm as I understand a user still has to click the file for it to be
executed via wine? I don't see any problem there. If someone is
affraid to click a .exe file, then either they should remove the file
association on their local machine or remove wine altogether (btw I
seriously doubt that any virus will do harm when executed via wine
(or has it become that good?)).
I suggest to keep it as is (as was intended upstream), maybe adding a
message saying what to do to disable the file association.


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