New KDE Infrastructure
gav at kde.org
Tue Aug 26 13:39:22 BST 2003
KDE Autorun is, as the name suggests, infrastructure for providing KDE with
notification of when the user inserts a removable medium.
Currently only CDs and DVDs are supported, however it is envisaged that
Autorun could easily be extended to provide support for Zip disks etc, and
perhaps other media such as USB drives.
As my machine is based on the Linux kernel, I cannot code a *BSD/other Unix
variant, however there is a minimal amount of platform-dependant code, and it
is located in one file. One of the design goals was ease of cross platform
use (any BSD coders out there who want to help with cross-platform-ising
Autorun, please get in touch).
For those people who dislike the idea of their computer responding
automatically to a disc insertion, it can all be turned off with absolutely no
performance hit at all with one simple checkbox.
The main design goal was however desktop integration; it is *not* yet another
tool to blindly execute a command on insertion of a music disc. It is hioghly
configurable from the kcmshell and through judicious use of MIME types and
service offers, will not only detect a content disc but initially provide the
user with a dynamic menu detailing possible actions. This menu is populated
according to MIME type handlers installed on the system and as such even non
KDE programs can incredibly easily add themselves to this menu. Autorun can
easily be configured to always do only one type of action (including nothing)
for a particular disc type.
On entry of a data disc, Autorun can be configured to automatically mount it,
to execute a "autorun.desktop" file accordingly, to open up a konqueror
window on it, or even to open up a konsole in the relevant directory.
For those of you that like screenshots, here's a couple:
If you fancy taking a proper look at it, KDE Autorun can be found in cvs in
the directory kdenonbeta/kdeautorun.
As far as features go, I consider it basically finished. My future plans for
it as mentioned in the current TODO include further integration with
kmountwatcher (it already uses it fundamentally) and devices:/. Stuff like
automatically going to cddb on insertion of an audio CD and giving the CD
name to devices:/.
I've had some good feedback from users and I think this would make a really
useful addition to KDE; comments?
Gav Wood <gav at kde.org>
codito ergo non satis bibivi
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