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Re: Tortoise clients and icon overlay handlers

From: Thomas Hruska <thruska_at_cubiclesoft.com>
Date: 2008-01-01 18:20:17 CET

Stefan Küng wrote:
> Hi,
> Since there are now more than just one Tortoise client available, and
> many people have already more than just one installed, the limit of
> available icon overlay handlers becomes a real problem.
> As you know, Windows only has 12 slots available for icon overlay
> handlers (the theoretical limit is 15, but 3 are already used by the OS
> itself). Which means if a user has more than one Tortoise client
> installed, the second one can't show all overlays anymore.
> To solve this problem, I've implemented a common overlay handler for
> Tortoise clients. If all Tortoise clients would use this handler instead
> of the OS one, they would all use the same slots in the system and it
> doesn't matter anymore how many clients a user has installed.
> To use this common overlay handler, all you have to do is to install the
> common handler (of course) and then register your own handlers under
> HKLM\Software\TortoiseOverlays\ instead of
> HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\current
> version\explorer\ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers.
> I've already implemented this change in TortoiseSVN, it's not much work.
> The sourcecode is available from here (username: guest, leave password
> empty):
> http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/svn/tortoisesvn/TortoiseOverlays/version-1.0.1/
> the installers and merge modules are in the /bin subfolder.
> More information is available in the documentation file:
> http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/svn/tortoisesvn/TortoiseOverlays/version-1.0.1/Documentation.txt
> The whole thing is 'license free' to avoid incompatibilities with the
> license of your own Tortoise client. Which means it's completely free to
> use, link to or whatever you like.
> Stefan
> P.S. If you're replying to this mail, don't forget to cc all recipients
> since this mail goes to different Tortoise mailing lists.

Thank you for starting this initiative. Hopefully this will carve the
right path to clearing up a large number of issues. I mostly lurk on
this list but this is very important to the future of all Tortoise
clients...playing nice with each other when more than one is installed -
especially TortoiseCVS (the other heavy hitter) - of which I manually
hosed the overlays for since I only _occasionally_ use CVS repositories
and wanted TSVN to display all of its overlays.

Thomas Hruska
CubicleSoft President
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