[Bug 4146] New: first run usability
wine-bugs at winehq.org
Sat Dec 24 06:35:21 CST 2005
Summary: first run usability
AssignedTo: wine-bugs at winehq.org
ReportedBy: winebugger at piments.com
Suggestions to make wine work for users who are not linux developers.
Starting from the point where the wine package has been installed. What would a
typical user do and what will happen. Remembering we're catering for windows
user mentality here not seasoned linux system maintainers.
At this stage you can be damn sure he/she has not found man wine ; man winecfg;
or winehq.com. He naively thinks he has installed a software package and it will
do something if he runs it, so let's see what happens.
1a. He will look for it on the "start" menu
1b. He will try to run wine from console.
1a. next idea please...
Consider 1b in detail.
First thing wine does it create a default setup if one is not found.
There's a fair chance he had to be root to install it and he still is root.
This is a big no-no but he does not know that yet. Wine does, but carries on
regardless installing /root/.wine and does not even warn the user this is a BAD
Suggested fix: trap the error and warn. Possibly add --root switch just in case
someone had a real need to do this for some unseen reason. The error should be a
dlg as well as console output.
Maybe now he wants some help:
prof at linbox ~ $ wine -?
wine: cannot open (null)
WHAT?? OK, try again:
prof at linbox ~ $ wine -h
wine: cannot find '-h'
DUHH! forget it just try running wine:
prof at linbox ~ $ wine
Usage: wine PROGRAM [ARGUMENTS...] Run the specified program
wine --help Display this help and exit
wine --version Output version information and exit
prof at linbox ~ $
So that's it ?! My cry for help gets me "wine PROGRAM [ARGUMENTS...]" what are
arguements? What do I do ??
Critism: this is near useless. it's technical ; version I already got , so what;
"display this page" by this stage is likely to be taken as a bad joke if the guy
is still in a good mood.
Suggestions : -h should equal --help ; so should -? ;don't assume everyone is
used to reading UNIX documentation. One more line with an eg. would speak a
eg wine explorer , wine notepad , wine notepad.exe , wine "c:/Program Files/
ABOVE ALL; he called for help and you've got his attention. HERE is where you
put hooks to more info so he does not have to start using google to find what
doc there is. Refer the user to man wine , man winecfg , www...wine-beginners-
So at the first hurdle we fall flat, face-down in the mud.
All our new user gets is "wine PROGRAM". Over and out.
If he did not know before he wont be any wiser.
I'll cut this off here since that much is self-contained , trivial to put in
place and at least a big step forward.
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