Add "Wine FAQ" entry to Wine menu?

Scott Ritchie scott at
Tue Jul 22 05:11:04 CDT 2008

Dan Kegel wrote:
> Recently, several newbies had trouble finding the FAQ
> and were surprised to hear that it could be helpful.
> Perhaps if our packages added a "Wine FAQ" menu
> item, they'd have less trouble finding it.
> Here's a patch to add that to the Debian / Ubuntu packages.
> What do people think?
> --- /dev/null	2008-05-31 06:33:17.000000000 -0700
> +++ debian/wine-faq.desktop	2008-07-22 00:06:29.000000000 -0700
> @@ -0,0 +1,8 @@
> +[Desktop Entry]
> +Name=Wine FAQ
> +Comment=Frequently Asked Questions about Wine (and their answers)
> +Exec=xdg-open
> +Terminal=false
> +Type=Application
> +Icon=gnome-help
> +Categories=Wine;
> --- debian/rules.orig	2008-07-22 00:11:37.000000000 -0700
> +++ debian/rules	2008-07-22 00:12:32.000000000 -0700
> @@ -160,6 +160,7 @@
>  	cp -f $(CURDIR)/debian/wine-notepad.desktop
> $(CURDIR)/debian/tmp/usr/share/applications/
>  	cp -f $(CURDIR)/debian/wine-browsedrive.desktop
> $(CURDIR)/debian/tmp/usr/share/applications/
>  	cp -f $(CURDIR)/debian/wine-winecfg.desktop
> $(CURDIR)/debian/tmp/usr/share/applications/
> +	cp -f $(CURDIR)/debian/wine-faq.desktop
> $(CURDIR)/debian/tmp/usr/share/applications/
>  	mkdir -p $(CURDIR)/debian/tmp/usr/share/desktop-directories/
>  	cp -f $(CURDIR)/debian/
> $(CURDIR)/debian/tmp/usr/share/desktop-directories/

I have a few reservations.

The FAQ is english only, it's a web site (unlike all other
documentation), and it contains a lot of unrelated information like
stuff for newer versions or other distros.

Ideally, of course, users shouldn't have to read anything before being
able to use Wine.  For Intrepid I'm working on cutting down on as much
of the non-obvious stuff as possible (for instance you'll be able to
double click on .msi files now that I've added an entry for them in

As an alternative, I suggest that near release time we consider forking
the FAQ, trimming all the unrelated stuff, polishing it up a bit, and
bundling that as proper documentation (including being indexed by
scrollkeeper and friends).

Additionally, there are some other documents we should update first and
have them point to the Wine FAQ, most notably the pages on Wine in the
Ubuntu Wiki and the sticky threads at the top of the Ubuntu Wine forum.
 Which reminds me, I still don't have moderator rights there...

Scott Ritchie

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