Australian Tax Program now working, but WINHLP32.EXE fails

Uwe Bonnes bon at
Wed Oct 16 03:36:17 CDT 2002

>>>>> "Andreas" == Andreas Mohr <andi at> writes:

    Andreas> On Wed, Oct 16, 2002 at 11:45:51AM +1000, Ben Stanley wrote:
    >> Hi,
    >> I've been using wine cvs for a while now, and trying to run the
    >> Australian Tax Office's ETax2002 program for preparing tax
    >> returns. Up until yesterday, it would fail with an illegal memory
    >> access, but yesterday it started working! I have not identified which
    >> patch fixed it, but the program uses flat scroll bars and list (tree)
    >> views.
    >> I have now used the program to complete one (non-lodgement) tax
    >> return, and am part way through preparing another. The ETax2002.EXE
    >> program appears to work very well!
    >> However, I am unable to utilise the on-line help, which is provided
    >> in winhlp format. When I try to run
    >> wine winhlp32.exe etax2002.hlp wine "C:\\Windows\\winhlp32.exe" \
    >> "C:\\Program Files\\etax2002\\etax2002.hlp"
    >> I get a message dialog saying Error while reading the help file
    >> `"C:\Program Files\etax2002\etax2002.hlp"'
    >> The WINE help program then displays an empty window.
    >> So it looks like more work is needed upon the help file viewer, but I
    >> suppose this is on the todo list anyway. I am able to access the help
    >> using the printed material from the tax office, which is identical to
    >> what is in the help file.
    Andreas> Our builtin winhelp implementation is known to be far from
    Andreas> perfect, indeed.

Most problems are with regard of starting winhelp from another
application. At present, we don't pass arguments valid in the other process.

Are you sure, the problem above isn't a pure filehandling problem. Some
+relay,+dosfs debugmessage consulting should tell about that...

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