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[wine] Some Basic Wine Information

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  • lm_hamilton
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 21, 2007
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      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.

      Running programs:

      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
      Manager.
      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)

      Larry Hamilton
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