Re: autorun equivalent
- From: "Oliver Wong" <owong@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2006 18:06:32 GMT
"Roedy Green" <my_email_is_posted_on_my_website@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:843f02dh0hndn31c7tlgjgrfn6g9i78lek@xxxxxxxxxx
A guy wants me to write a Java app for him that will be distributed on
CD. He wants it to work both on PC and Mac.
I was wondering if there is an equivalent to autorun for Mac and Linux
that is compatible with the windows scheme.
It's called "AutoStart", and it's not as simple as just placing a specially named file on the CD.
The AutoStart feature is only available on HFS volumes because AutoStart relies on information located in block zero of a HFS disk or partition. The first two bytes in the sector of block zero should be `0' (zero) or `LK', although this realistically should be limited to just 0 since LK designates a HFS boot volume. The name of the AutoStart file is stored in the area allocated for the clipboard name. This area begins 106 bytes into the sector of block zero with the first 4 bytes at this offset containing the hex value 0x006A7068. This hex value indicates that an AutoStart file name follows. After this four byte tag, 12 bytes of space remain starting at offset 110. In these 12 bytes, the name of the AutoStart file is stored as a Pascal string giving you up to 11 characters to identify the file. The file must reside in the root directory of the HFS volume or partition.
You may designate either an application or a document as the AutoStart file. If you choose an application as the AutoStart file, it may be visible or invisible in the root directory of the volume, however, document files must be visible. Additionally, you may select an alias file as the AutoStart file, but it too must be visible in the root directory of the volume or partition. If the AutoStart file is a document or an alias to a document, Quicktime will ask the Finder to launch the document as if it had been double clicked from the Finder. If the creating application is not available, the Finder will issue its normal warnings or use Macintosh Easy Open if available.
If you're going to be pressing professional CDs, you'll probably want to talk to the guy in charge of that hardware. If you're gonna be using a standard CD-R burner, you can buy software to handle the volume partition stuff for you.
I'm told "Toast" from Roxio will handle this, but I've never tried the software myself.
- autorun equivalent
- From: Roedy Green
- autorun equivalent