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Old 04-30-2006, 04:26 PM   #1
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Basic Wine Usage

I'm having trouble figuring out Wine. These are basic questions, I know, but the FAQs and forums I've been reading cover this stuff very poorly... they assume the kind of a priori knowledge they should be there to provide.

Please do not tell me to go read the FAQ... I already did. Many times.

Here's the trouble. I got Wine installed just fine from the RPM on a Fedora Core 5 system. I wanted to install some software, so I downloaded the Windows executable setup program and ran it in Wine. When the setup asked where to install it, it gave me the default "c:\Program Files\..." path. I didn't know what else to do, and figured Wine would take care of it, so I just let it go. The install went fine. After that.

Now I have no idea where my program is. There is only one ext3 partition on the drive. There is no wine folder, there is no windows folder, and nothing I've read so far has given me any idea what's going on.

So, basic questions... without a windows partition, how do I answer the "install path" question? Once I do, where does the program go?

Old 04-30-2006, 05:03 PM   #2
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There should be a wine folder at your home directory. Most likely, however, this is a hidden folder (in Linux, they start with a (.) dot). Try this from a terminal:

ls -a

The -a flag should show hidden folders. You should see a folder called ".wine" I suppose. Your Windows programs should installed inside that folder.


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Old 04-30-2006, 05:28 PM   #3
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Regardless of where I tell it to install?

(By the way, thanks for the jargon-free response!)
Old 04-30-2006, 05:30 PM   #4
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I am not too familiar with WINE, but a little earlier, I was spelunking around and saw a " /home/chal/.wine/drive_c " directory which has sub directories " /Programs and " /Windows "

Maybe it's in something similar on your box. I'm using Mandrake 10.1 Download Edition and have not tried using WINE yet, but I'm thinking about it. I have a few Winduhs progs that I would like to have on Linux.
Old 04-30-2006, 09:05 PM   #5
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wine is located in ~/.wine
and yes I will do it... read this
Old 04-30-2006, 10:37 PM   #6
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Right, but like I said, the documentation is useless.

That doesn't help if there's no "c:\program files\appname\appname.exe" to go to. Wine just claims that the path doesn't exist. That's my problem. How do you reconcile the setup program's request for a windows-style path to install to, and linux's file system?

Thanks again
Old 04-30-2006, 10:44 PM   #7
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That is C:\ according to Wine... So... C:\Program Files is:

/home/username/.wine/drive_c/Program Files

and C:\Windows is:


I also beleive that in Wine drive Y:\ is your home directory... I dont use Wine, I use CrossOver Ofice, which is a better version of Wine (i believe), and this is how it works with my app, except mine is /home/username/.xover/drive_c

Hope I helped.
Old 05-01-2006, 04:33 AM   #8
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The documentation is not useless, you are the one that is clueless. Open konqueror, go to your home directory, enable hidden files and look for the .wine folder, then go from there.
This is the only place wine will install its programs (within the .wine folder).
Old 05-02-2006, 07:24 PM   #9
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Come on now. I apologize if you think I'm wasting your time asking a question that's already been answered, but if I don't find the documentation helpful I don't think that warrants the use of that kind of tone. I learned more from the people that replied to my post than from everything I read before I started the thread.

Let's all stay friendly here... some of us are still trying to learn, and a little less hostility would benefit everyone.

Thanks again everyone. We're done here.


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