Cross-desktop helpers

Dave Cridland dave at
Sun Dec 12 20:55:02 EET 2004

On Sun Dec 12 15:41:19 2004, Mike Hearn wrote:
> On Fri, 10 Dec 2004 17:43:25 -0800, Alex Graveley wrote:
> > This sounds sane to me.
> If we're going to do this, I'd rather we didn't go the route of 
> magic
> command line programs, but rather having a shared library which 
> exports a
> well defined C ABI which is pointed to by an environment variable, 
> this
> can then be dlopened and used in a sensible type safe way, with a 
> single
> command line program to allow shell scripts access.

Would this be for security purposes (so the contents of an 
environment variable aren't executed as a shell command), or some 
other reason?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not arguing *against* this approach, just 
keen to see the reasons why.


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