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Subject: Re: .LNK FILES IN ROCKBOX - an other approach

Re: .LNK FILES IN ROCKBOX - an other approach

From: ian douglas <>
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2005 11:41:41 -0800

> After all this talk about symlinks and lnk files; isn't there another,
> easier way to implement just about the same functionality?

The 'easiest' method for the windows fans out there is to just
right-drag a song into a new folder, and select 'create shortcut', which
is the .lnk file we've been discussing. Not sure how it could get much
easier than that. In Linux, creating symlinks on a VFAT partition is not
allowed, so Linux users would need a way to recreate the .lnk file in
Linux, and Mac users would need a way to make .lnk files as well.

As Ronald had mentioned previously, if there were a way to create the
shortcuts with some drag-and-drop tool, that'd be nice too, but that's a
totally external application that we'd need to write and support for
Windows, Linux and Mac.

As Jens mentioned, we could copy how Cygwin implements symlinks on VFAT
partitions, or as Bluechip mentioned - create the shortcut as a mini M3U
file, but I don't know if you can call an M3U file from within another
M3U file? That'd be ideal though, especially for external players like
WinAmp or XMMS or whatever plays your music on your OS when the jukebox
is plugged in.

Ultimately though, no matter *how* we create these shortcut files,
Rockbox still needs to be modified to understand what the file type is
and what to do when it encounters one.

Received on 2005-12-05

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