Submitting winetricks to winehq tree?

James Hawkins truiken at
Wed Mar 14 16:02:51 CDT 2007

On 3/14/07, Dan Kegel <dank at> wrote:
> I haven't been villified yet, so let me try harder.  Should winetricks
> be committed to the winehq tree?  It would be handy for people
> triaging Wine bugs to see if e.g. native dcom, odbc, or corefonts
> hide a bug.
> I've uploaded a new version to
> Mainly it adds a -q option to make all the installers quiet,
> but it also includes lots of little improvements sent in by
> Detlef and Saulius.
> Here's the new usage message:
> Usage: winetricks [options] package [package] ...
> This script can help you prepare your system for Windows applications
> that mistakenly assume all users' systems have all the needed
> redistributable runtime libraries or fonts.
> Options:
>  -q         quiet.  You must have already agreed to the EULAs.
>  -v         Verbose
> Packages:
>  art2kmin   Access 2000 runtime.  License required!
>  corefonts  Install MS Times, Arial fonts
>  dcom98     Install native DCOM, override the Wine implementation
>  fakeie6    Set registry to claim IE6sp1 is installed
>  mdac27     Microsoft ODBC drivers, etc.
>  mfc40
>  mono1.1    mono 1.1.13-gtksharp-2.8.2
>  mono1.2    mono
>  vbvm50     Visual Basic 5 runtime
>  vbrun60    Visual Basic 6 runtime
>  vcrun6     vc6redist from VS6sp4, including mfc42
>  wsh51      Windows Scripting Host 5.1

I don't think winetricks should be a part of the Wine tree.  It's a
great developer tool, but it could potentially be abused by users to
run with native libs like IE, DCOM, MSI, etc more so than they would
otherwise.  The fact that the script downloads and installs non-free
software, especially from Microsoft, is a connection that we should
not accept "officially" by committing it to the tree.  All of that
aside, it's a nice script that has been very useful for debugging, and
I'm sure others find it equally useful.

James Hawkins

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