Is it time to delete wineinstall?

Joris Huizer jorishuizer at
Wed Nov 17 15:20:43 CST 2004

Dimitrie O. Paun wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 16, 2004 at 11:50:27PM -0800, M-Halo wrote:
>>Wine RPMs have never properly worked for me (I run JDS
>>R2); so, I stick with installing via the wineinstall
>>script.  I also recommend others to not use RPMs to
>>avoid possible hassles.  (Ironic isn't it?) 
>>Wineinstall just makes everything easy by automating
>>everything -- from configuring to making to installing
>>to creating my fake c drive & config file -- ...
>>especially when I'm instructed to rent a video or two.
> And this is the problem: having wineinstall around makes
> it a self-fulfiling profecy: in theory, you should get
> the *same* result (and working version) if you run wineinstall
> or configure/make/make install. But because we have wineinstall
> people don't bother to fix the standard process, and instead
> patch wineinstall.
> So, if RPM's don't work, or configure/make/make install doesn't
> it's a bug. It needs fixing. As Dan put it, wineinstall should
> just be:
>     configure && make && make depend && make install

All that about "configure && make && make depend && make install" would 
be valid if running those - and running wine for an exe after that, 
could generate/install any needed files, without the user needing to 
write difficult or "not-so-difficult" configurations

As I understand, the big problem is that ~/.wine/config file - it's in 
the todo to get rid of it, but not all config options are moved 
elsewhere; And the documentation will be outdated if that file isn't 
there - How should I specify dll overrides for a specific program if the 
~/.wine/config file isn't there anymore? (as wine is not ready to run 
without any dll overrides for many programs - some may never run without 
them, like Internet Explorer)

I think, as long as that isn't handled, wineinstall can't go away... 
don't make using wine harder than it is...!

just my thoughts on this,


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