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Old 10-17-2007, 02:37 AM   #1
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how to downgrade current wine install

I currently have the newest version of wine (0.9.46) and I want to downgrade to (0.9.45) because I heard it has less issues with the program I am using. How exactly would I do this? Any help would be appreciated.
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Depends which method you want to use, but it's pretty easy.

First uninstall it from your favorite package manager. This will leave your hidden fake windows directories untouched. Once the version you want is installed a simple wineprefixcreate will find it and put in the correct fake windows registry entries for that Wine version IF you only have the fake drive in the default ~/.wine directory. If you have it elsewhere just add the path after wineprefixcreate. If uncertain consult the Wine Startup Guide. If you still get unsatisfactory results then delete the hidden .wine folder and reinstall all your Windows programs. If you have the winehq budget dedicated source in /etc/apt/sources.d then delete those or just comment out the lines (safer for future use). Put a # in front of the lines to comment them out. Do aptitude update and it won't consider that source anymore until you uncomment them back. You've got to be super user to edit those files (kdesu (or gksu) kate (or gedit) path-and-name-of-file).

The best method is to compile for your system using the Wine source to be sure, but this entails using the Recommended Packages guide on the wiki and installing all those recommended things before running the wine-install from the tools folder. Also install the 2 packages (Bison and something else) listed in the readme in the extracted Wine source tarball.

Second best is using the downloaded .deb file from the previous versions page of the Download Debian link from the winehq site. It's hosted by but is the official version compiled for Debian Etch. It worked for me on Lenny. Install it with dpkg. If you don't have the dependencies then dpkg will tell you what's missing and the install will fail. Install what it said using your package manager (aptitude or whatever you normally use). Then try it again and it should work fine.
Old 10-17-2007, 03:18 PM   #3
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Which version of wine are you using? Is it the Debian repository version, or one from winehq? In any case, all you need to do is acquire an older deb package and install it over the newer version.

If you're using the Debian repository, then you need a source for older versions. has past versions of just about everything available. You can either download the .deb files to disk and install them manually with dpkg (dpkg -i packagename), or add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb pool wine libwine

Then you should be able to use the force-version command in apt (or whatever frontend you use) to install older versions. You may also need to add the names of the various libwine plugin packages they've broken wine up into to the source line above to get full support for everything.

Winehq versions are even easier. All you have to do is go to the winehq debian builds page, download the version you want from the link at the bottom, and install it with dpkg, as above. Note that the winehq versions are different from the Debian ones in that everything, including winelib, is included in one package, so if you have the Debian version installed, it will probably ask you to uninstall them first. It's ok to let it.

After that, be careful about upgrading your system, since apt will usually want to upgrade wine as well. It's best to pin the packages to the version you want so you don't have to worry about it.


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