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Using Wine for old Windows games on a straight 64 bit machine

Posted 06-13-2021 at 10:14 PM by rkelsen
Updated 06-13-2021 at 10:18 PM by rkelsen

The only reason I use Wine is gaming. Everything else has long since been surpassed by better quality software which runs natively under Linux.

I don't like the fuss of having to download & install multi-lib packages for this. It adds a ton of libraries and packages, and is quite an involved process. Thankfully, under Slackware, we can use the packages and scripts created by Alien Bob... but the process is still somewhat drawn out and complicated. I'm a simple guy. I shun complication wherever possible. Life is complicated enough. If I can make things simple for myself, I will. Every. Single. Time.

So, how do I get Wine working for old 32 bit games without multi-lib? Up until a few months ago, it wasn't really possible to easily do this.

In a nutshell: Download conty.sh (or conty_lite.sh) and move it to /usr/local/bin. Conty on Github Don't forget to make it executable.

Create these symlinks in /usr/local/bin which point to it:

wine
lutris
pcmanfm
playonlinux

For a "shortcut" to start Steam:
# cd /usr/local/bin
# cat << EOF > steam
> #!/bin/sh
> /usr/local/bin/conty_lite.sh steam
> EOF
# chmod +x steam

That's it. Job done. The system is ready to start using Wine.

Explanation: Conty is a Linux container which has Wine and all of the software mentioned above, plus all of the libraries required. It is perfectly capable of doing anything a full Wine installation can do.

That's the end of this entry.

Tips & pointers for my favourite games will be in their own blog entries.
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