[wine] Some Basic Wine Information
- This assumes that Linux and Wine are both installed correctly.
This post just scratches the surface, with some helpful tidbits, to
help those new to running Windows programs in Wine.
Any tips along the line of this post that may have been omitted, are
welcome. This post, and pertinent replies, will become part of a FAQ
to be posted in the files area of the ntb-linux list.
A future post will touch on the basics of installing Wine.
Note: The command "winecfg" at the command prompt will create a new
clean .wine directory if it does not exist. Making a backup of .wine's
settings before certain changes would be good.
The .wine directory is a "fake Windows" directory, that has the
structure of Windows, i.e. C:\, program files, windows, etc. There are
also registry files. The period in front of the directory indicates it
is a hidden directory. Consult a *nix reference for details on *nix
directory structure, etc.
Programs may be run from the command line, or scripts may be created
for desktop shortcuts to launch your desired program. Many Linux
desktops will have shortcuts created on them when a Windows program is
installed via wine.
"wine program.exe: will run a Windows program.
"wine setup.exe" will run a Windows setup program.
NOTE: One can copy a Windows program and directories,
such as NoteTab to the .wine directory, and it will
work. It is probably better to install NoteTab to make sure everything
is as it should be.
Wine programs usually live in /usr/lib/wine, run "whereis
wine" at the command prompt to determine the location
on your system. At a command prompt after cd to the
wine directory, issuing "ls *.exe*" will show all of
the wine executables. For example, clock.exe.so. The
command "wine clock" will run this program. Some
programs such as notepad will run without using the
wine command. The extension ".so" is like the *nix version of a dll.
Some of the Wine programs follow.
wine uninstaller (uninstall utility)
wine control (run control panel)
wineboot (Simulate Reboot)
regedit to edit wine registry
winefile - wine file manager, like old Win3.x File
wineconsole - console, like DOS for running command
line apps. (A DOS emulator is better.)
winemine - Mines game.
notepad (notepad clone)
wine wordpad (wordpad clone)
wine taskmgr (task manager clone)