automatically running wineprefixcreate

James Hawkins truiken at
Thu Mar 22 11:43:06 CDT 2007

On 3/22/07, Tom Spear <speeddymon at> wrote:
> On 3/22/07, Jan Zerebecki < at> wrote:
> > On Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 09:32:54AM -0500, Tom Spear wrote:
> > > On 3/22/07, Alexandre Julliard <julliard at> wrote:
> > > >Winecfg should probably not allow moving the C drive; if you really
> > > >want that, you have to know what you are doing, and do it by hand. Why
> > > >do you want to move it at all?
> >
> > Yes, just too much can go wrong there, without special care.
> >
> > > Because I have a 20gb drive that Linux is installed on, and a blank
> > > 40gb mounted at /mnt/d (there is no windows installed on it).  I want
> > > wine to install its things to my 40gb, and just for no other good
> > > reason than the fact that I am making an example of a normal user, I
> > > dont want to move the 40gb from /mnt/d ..  IMHO if we are going to
> > > give the users the option to put their c drive where they want to so
> > > easily, we should make assumptions that they will want anything
> > > installed there to be moved if they relocate it, or we should give
> > > them a way to setup where their c drive is located before anything is
> > > put there, instead of assuming that they want it located at
> > > ~/.wine/drive_c ..
> >
> > How about you move your .wine to /mnt/d/ and make a symlink from
> > ~ (or set WINEPREFIX)? That sounds like a much saner solution
> > than moving your drive_c around from within winecfg.
> Ok, so basically what I'm getting is that as a normal user, I'm
> expected to know to make a symlink from ~/.wine/drive_c to /mnt/d ..
> That is fine for me, I have no problem doing this, but my concern is
> for average joe who is just starting out with linux, and doesn't know
> what a symlink is.

Like Alexandre said, users shouldn't be moving drive_c itself, only
.wine.  And if you do move drive_c, you need to know what you're
doing.  For the average user, moving .wine only requires changing
WINEPREFIX, no symlinks needed.

> They read the docs and get wine installed, install
> some programs, and then later on find out that they can move their
> wine drive_c to their secondary drive via winecfg.  So they do that
> and then all of their apps are gone and they are like WTF?  So after a
> lil bit of research they find out that wine didnt move their stuff, it
> just made a link and they either need to move the stuff themselves, or
> reinstall.

If they read the docs, then they'd know that WINEPREFIX takes care of
all of this.  Did you read the docs?

> Wouldnt it be more sane for winecfg to make the symlink in the first
> place, before they install anything?
> As for making a symlink from /mnt/d to ~/.wine, which one person
> mentioned, there are 2 problems with that.
> 1) Not all users want to setup their machine with their d drive
> mounted at ~/.wine/drive_c
> 2) What about multi-user installs?  ~/.wine is specific to the user
> that ~ belongs to.

You're overcomplicating a situation that is simple in the first place.

James Hawkins

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