Segin segin2005 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 26 12:26:33 CST 2006

Alexander N. Sørnes wrote:

> Hello,
> I have found that some Westwood installers, such as the ones for Nox, 
> C&C Tiberian Sun, C&C Yuri's Revenge and C&C Tiberain Sun: Firestorm 
> require ddraw.dll to be present in the windows/system 32 directory; if 
> not, they give a message saying they failed to initialize DirectX.
> Can someone submit a patch so this file is created by 
> wineprefixcreate?  ddraw.dll is present system directories of both 
> Windows 98SE and Windows XP.
> Regards,
> Alexander N. Sørnes
I wouldn't know why it does this, but a highly likely explanation is 
that the installers dlopen() C:\WINDOWS\DDRAW.DLL using an absolute or 
semi-absolute (flexible Windows directory, in case Windows is installed 
on D: or even in "D:\WINNT\") path. It probably also tries to stat() 
thew file before opening it so that the lack of the file causes an error 
before it is dlopen()d.

A good suggestion is if a DLL file is stat()d in the 
c:\windows\system(32) directory in Wine, Wine should check it against 
any .so files in $INSTALLPREFIX/lib/wine, and claim the file exist if a 
compatable .dll.so is found. Wine should also 'remember' this mapping in 
case of fopen() or compatable calls.

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