Unified autostart scripts directory

seventh guardian seventhguardian_ at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 6 15:39:59 EEST 2005

>From: ghee teo <Ghee.Teo at Sun.COM>
>To: Waldo Bastian <bastian at kde.org>
>CC: xdg at lists.freedesktop.org
>Subject: Re: Unified autostart scripts directory
>Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2005 13:16:29 +0100
>Waldo Bastian wrote:
>>On Tuesday 05 July 2005 13:40, cobaco (aka Bart Cornelis) wrote:
>>>* start/run things on other events then startup
>>>  - shutdown  (obvious extension)
>>>  - mount of media (see gnome-volume-manager)
>>When I mentioned autostart at mounting of media, I was referring to the 
>>execution of a [.autorun|autorun|autorun.sh] executable located on the 
>>See also http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=105604
>>The gnome-volume-manager does of course much more than that, but I don't 
>>think that's to be included in an autostart spec for now.
>    Do you really want to support  autorun feature? It is  such a security 
>Though it may seems nice, but the script could make to do anything, 
>including wiping out your harddisk, install a trojan horse even before you 
>realise it.
>   CDE on Solarirs used to support it and we had to take it out for this 
>simple reason.

I also don't like the idea of having things being run without my 
intervention (or at least my acceptance). That was why I left windows behind 
(don't use it at all) and came to linux.

But as someone said in the kde bugzilla, it could be nice for it to ASK if 
you want to run it. Of course that would mean the dm's implementation would 
dictate the security level of it..

So, if we go for it, we should also spec the local configuration (on the 
~/.config dir maybe), so that hopefully no one gets "tricked" by the dm's 
default behaviour. Also, it should be off by default, and the dm shouldn't 
touch it without user intervention.

  Renato Caldas

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