how to connect to com object "outside" from wine?

Robert van Herk robert at
Sun Feb 22 15:49:43 CST 2004

maman yonatan wrote:

>so if I understand you properly, you say that there is
>no way doing from _outside_ of wine (no matter what
>kind of com object I have), is that correct?
Of course there is a way: you could make your own remote procedure call 
mechanism. Might be a very cool project, actually, to make an interface 
to call objects living a wine, that makes COM accessible from unix!

However, it will be quite some work. You probably need a server kind of 
application that lives in Wine, and a client application that lives in 
Linux. Then, you got to make sure that the linux app can connect with 
the server, and issue procedure calls to the wine server. Finally, the 
wine server should forward actual calls into COM, and return the result 
value back to the linux client.

Thus something like this:

1. [COM object(Wine)]  <-> 2. [Custom build COM-server(Wine)]   <-> 3. 
[Client application using the COM object(Linux)]

Where layer 2 is something needs probably to be implemeted from scratch.

I don't know how much is known about COM by the wine-people, but I guess 
it that when they succeeded in replicating the COM API, it should also 
be doable to make a Linux frontend to that... (??)


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