Proposal: versioning .wine directory

Austin English austinenglish at
Sun Mar 30 13:46:08 CDT 2008

On Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 1:35 PM, James Hawkins <truiken at> wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 10:38 AM, Dan Kegel <dank at> wrote:
>  > On the wine-users list, we're getting a lot of users who
>  >  have old or even ancient .wine directories, and
>  >  whose problems go away with a fresh .wine directory
>  >
>  >  Perhaps we should have wineprefixcreate stamp the version
>  >  of wine the .wine directory was created with,
>  >  make wine-1.0 refuse to run with pre-1.0 .wine
>  >  directories, and require that future versions
>  >  of wine run properly with .wine directories created
>  >  by any earlier stable release of wine.
>  >
>  >  It wouldn't be hard, at least at first, and it might save a lot of
>  >  support inquiries.  What say?
>  >
>  I can't find a quote of it anywhere, but I believe that a stable
>  wineprefix was a requirement (or at least a wish) of 1.0.
>  --
>  James Hawkins

My comment from the bug:
"How about a little file in .wine  or a registry key that is read upon running
wine, and should match the current wine version. If it doesn't, call
wineprefixcreate (or pop up an error saying that the registry is outdated),
which then updates that key to the current wine version. Shouldn't be too much
overhead and prevents quite a few problems."

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