Wine preloader redux

Dan Kegel dank at
Tue Mar 4 07:13:30 CST 2008

Alexandre Julliard <julliard at> wrote:
> > Because getting rid of it might make it much easier
>  > to turn winelib into a normal library, thus enabling
>  > plain old linux apps to at least statically link it in
>  > and thereby become able to use windows dlls
>  > without having to use the preloader.
>  We could have that as an option for Winelib apps, though I don't think
>  it would make things really easier, just differently complicated.

The scenario I'm imagining is:
 Lots of people want to use a particular windows dll in their Linux apps.
 Joe Developer writes a nice wrapper library using winelib to hide
 the fact that win32 is involved at all.
 Fred Developer uses Joe's library in his app.
 Currently, Fred has to switch his app around to be run via the wine preloader.
 With the scheme Mike was thinking of in
 Fred wouldn't have to do that; he'd only have to link in a static
 library (named, say, wine-reserve-win32-vma.a), and then
 link in Joe's library any old way.
That sounds a lot easier to me.  Did I miss something?

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