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I downloaded the latest version of wine (wine-20050301.tar.gz) from winehq.com. I extracted them to a directory under my home directory and then ran the following commands one after the other :-
make depend && make
After this, whenever I try to install any window based programs by issuing the command
wine <name of the program file>
I get an error that libwine.so.1 is not found.
I tried installing the binary rpm that i had downloaded from winehq.com . It runs wine but I am having the following problems :-
Internet Explorer -> Shows me the accept agreement window. After accepting, it shows
me the next window and then the window vanishes. A few seconds
later I get the message PLEASE CLOSE ALL OPEN WINDOWS
AND RUN THE PROGRAM AGAIN
Some more programs do get installed like Billionaire II, Lemonade Tycoon 2, International Test Cricket, Winzip 8.1
Only Winzip 8.1 works perfectly if I have the wine rpm installed. In Billionaire II, I get the first screen after which the program freezes. In Lemonade Tycoon 2, the program does not run at all. International Test Cricket - Message Boxes appear without messages at times.
Please do let me know if there is anything I need to tweak.
As for Wine, well...after you installed from source did you run wine by itself? to start a configuration file? I tihnk you will aslo need to get something like winsetuptk, or something like that, to help you configure wine (unless you do it manually).
Thanks for your timely response. We have been using complete window based network. now, we have to move to a linux network. the users are so paranoid that the director has asked us to use wine to run and simulate a complete windows environment on linux. That's the sad part :-((.
Anyways, the documentation also told me that the steps that I had followed is one way of installing. the automated way of wine installation is wineinstall which is found under the tools directory (which in turn is under the directory where I had un-tarred the source). I could not get the .wine directory under my home directory (which ironically is made available if I install the RPM, but we could not get the desired result of installing various windows apps after installing the RPM, which is why I am trying to do it from the source.
The documentation told me to copy the config file from <un-tarred directory>/documentation/samples and put it in the .wine directory under my home. The RPM made all the required directories, but the source does not create any of these directories under my home. Am stuck with this for the whole day now (almost 10 hours).
Thank you so much for your replies. audibel, I checked out the link that you had specified. I tried wineinstall as a local user but still I was not able to install IE6. Stealth, I downloaded winesetuptk and used it. It did make things much better. At least the IE installation went thru half way. I could select minimal components and then, when it is 39% thru installing the IE web browser, it again give the same error message PLEASE CLOSE ALL OPEN APPLICATIONS AND TRY AGAIN.
Any input? I am grateful to you guys as for 10 hours I had no breakthru but after ur great replies, I am able to see light at the fag end of the tunnel :-))
Why dont you use VMWARE to completely run a virtual pc and then isntall windows in that? Thats the best way, forget using wine, its so buggy anyway, you can have a completely linux system and then just run windows on top of it, you wouldn't even know that linux was underneath, surely that makes your users happy?
If your doing this for a company then purchase a multi license key for vmware, thats how i'd do it mate. When i was at uni we only had redhat machines, but the lecturers wanted everything we did via MS Office, so the only way was with vmware.
Actually, the company does not want to spend any money on VMWare. They browsed the net and got to know that wine even supports ODBC config. So, I dont have a choice. wine is my only solution. Further, the company's top brass are even contemplating installing MS-SQL Server on Linux using wine :-((.
Great news. I downloaded winetools rpm from winehq.com itself. It is able to install everything u need on a windows pc. starting from ie6 to runtime libraries for Vb & VC++, most database drivers etc. even mediaplayers, outlook express. It works wow.
Now, I just need some guidance here. what winetools does is that it puts all these executable files under the current user's bin directory. I want to install all these applications as root first. it is all under the /root/bin directory. I then move them to the /root/.gnome-desktop directory so that they are available on the gnome desktop itself. I now want this directory to be copied into a common folder like /etc/skel from where i want all these apps to go into every users' gnome-desktop as and when i create them. problem is there is no .gnome-desktop directory in /etc/skel. How do I go about doing this task? any ideas?