[Wine]Assistance with Geometer's Sketchpad in a computer lab
Jason L Tibbitts III
tibbs at math.uh.edu
Tue Aug 16 12:53:07 CDT 2005
It's a week until the semester starts, so what better time to dump on
the sysadmin (me)! I've been told that I must have Geometer's
Sketchpad running in a small (20-seat) Linux-based computer lab and I
have a week to do it. Just another pothole on the freeway of life.
So I've turned to Wine, which I have only superficial knowledge of.
The FC3 RPM from WineHQ, though a bit outdated (20050524), installs
fine and runs Geometer's Sketchpad very well. After getting the fonts
right I can't even find any visual defects. Three issues remain, and
I'm hoping that someone can give me a couple of hints.
1) I need to install it across the entire lab. I can do an NFS share
or rsync a directory across, but that only takes care of the files
and not the registry. Any hints on how to handle this?
2) It wants to open help files in a browser, but this fails probably
because I don't have IE installed. I'd rather not install IE if I
don't have to; is there a possibility of getting around it?
3) When I do something that opens a file chooser, Wine tries to access
a desktop.ini file in /usr/local. But /usr/local is an automount
point, and because of a weird interaction between autofs and LDAP,
this causes a one second pause. Unfortunately Wine repeatedly
tries to fine this file, so opening a file is slow going. Is there
a way to prevent Wine from looking for that file? (I think I know
a workaround but I'd still like to find a proper solution within
Thanks for any assistance you can provide,
Jason L Tibbitts III - tibbs at math.uh.edu - 713/743-3486 - 660PGH - 94 PC800
System Manager: University of Houston Department of Mathematics
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