Question- about Wine How To

Fredrik Persson frepe at
Mon Apr 14 08:28:55 CDT 2003

> There's a statement in the Wine HowTo that goes: (quote-verbatim)
> "The following directories must exist in your $HOME directory"
> Exactly what is meant by " your $HOME " directory?

Usually "/home/username"

But since $HOME is an environment variable, you could type 'echo $HOME' to see what it is set to.

> This may seem to
> be a stupid newbie question but I sometimes have a problem if the writer
> uses some personal favorite way of stating something and I'm not
> sure if this is the case here.

I don't think that the writer of this howto invented this way of talking about home directories. It's pretty standard.

>  I can't find a directory called
> $HOME in my Progeny Debian so I was wondering if I have to create it
> somewhere.

See above, it exists.

> Is this just the ordinary  /home  directory or is it some
> directory (or file) that is actually labelled " $HOME " and if
> it is, could someone elaborate on where it is located?

It is not "/home", but "/home/username", so every user has his own $HOME. Root's is a bit special, usually beeing just "/root".

Hope this helps.

/Fredrik Persson

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