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Old 10-12-2007, 07:53 AM   #1
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Getting a program under WINE to recognize IE under WINE (sounds fun, eh?)

Hi guys, girls and sysadmins of linuxquestions,

I've recently installed ies4linux, which is a lovely little program that helps me test a few things (I'm a web developer) without having to install windoze on this machine.

One advantage I thought I'd have from it, is that I could install a paticular program I have that requires IE to run - Telstra Desktop Buddy. However, when I attempt to install it using wine msiexec /i TelstraDesktopMessaging.msi, I get the following popup error:

This program requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher to run. Please install the required version of internet explorer and then run Desktop Messaging again.

Is there a way that I can trick the msi into thinking IE is installed correctly? Maybe a symlink somewhere?

Or, if anyone could save me the trouble of installing it... I'll tell you why I'm installing it.

I actually want to create a linux application to connect to the onlinesms server - Telstra do not officially support and will not tell me how the protocol works. However, I know it is possible to communicate with it from another way than the web interface, as this program that I'm running can speak to the server. So I've installed wireshark and was planning to sniff the packets that go through to attempt to work out how to make the connection :P. So if anyone has any info on that...

I realise I could do this via a windows PC, and I do have access to one, but that kind of goes against my wishes, and I'll only use it as a final alternative.

Thanks very much guys, I really appreciate your help and the time you took to read this,

- nfsnobody
Old 10-14-2007, 01:14 PM   #2
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The issue with this is that IE got installed into it's own wine directory and not your 'normal' wine installation. That's why you are getting the errors.

Do an ls -la on your home directory and see the differences.

To fix this, you will have to install IE as you would any other application. There are plenty of posts about this on winehq.

Your other issues can be solved by using nmap, ngrep, tcpdump or netcat. No need for any Windows based apps to do this for you.

I hope that I have helped you.



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