.wine (was: Re: (long) From the front lines: 20050628 release impressions)

Scott Ritchie scott at open-vote.org
Sat Jul 2 07:31:52 CDT 2005

On Fri, 2005-07-01 at 22:30 +0000, Jules Richardson wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-07-01 at 13:15 +0200, Holly Bostick wrote:
> > 2. It *asked me* about things I might want to change-- and didn't make
> > assumptions about its own detection!! No, I really don't have a Windows
> > drive, so you were right, but I don't want my c_drive in ~/.wine so put
> > it somewhere else, thank you very much.
> Out of interest (I'm sure it's documented *somewhere*) what is the
> reason for the C drive to be under ~/.wine such that it's 'hidden'?
> It's always seemed strange given that copying data files to locations
> under the C drive seems a reasonable thing for users to do every so
> often, yet a lot of graphical file browsing tools won't show dot files /
> directories without reconfiguration.
> Just seems an odd default to me, although not that big a deal. (I tend
> to do most of my work from a shell, so I don't care personally :-)
> cheers
> Jules

Not sure if it's explicitly spelled out somewhere, but it's sort of a
standard to have an application store all of stuff in its own hidden
folder.  Now, Wine may be a bit of an exception to this, since it's not
really one application or even suite of applications - the user has to
install everything.  However, keeping everything in .wine allows an
easy, clean, nuke and reinstall of Wine, or transference of it to
another system - one of the reasons this standard came about.

What we then are left with is a general usability question of where to
put links to Wine's C drive folder.  That's a distro or package level
question, methinks.

Scott Ritchie

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