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Re: 21.x feature request: windows shortcut support

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: Re: 21.x feature request: windows shortcut support
Date: 13 Oct 2001 10:06:16 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.0.107

"Eli Zaretskii" <address@hidden> writes:

> > From: Richard Stallman <address@hidden>
> > Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 14:14:40 -0600 (MDT)
> > 
> > If it should only affect running an executable

I disagree that shortcuts should be limited to this. If a user has a
shortcut to a .txt file, the thing they are most likely to want to do
from Emacs is edit that file from Emacs. Being able to automatically
run Notepad or MS Word when a user tries to execute a shortcut to a
text file is a far less important thing for Emacs to do IMHO.

> > then maybe it should be implemented in the parts of Emacs which
> > run subprocesses.
> I think this happens automatically on Windows

It doesn't. I get "Bad command or file name" when I try to execute a
.lnk file directly. To do ANYTHING useful with shortcuts in Windows,
you need to explicitly write code to support them.

The only programs I have ever encountered that support shortcuts are
explore.exe, iexplore.exe, outlook.exe and start.exe.

Jason Rumney

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