Guidance needed for FoxPro app

Duane Clark dclark at
Mon Feb 23 10:29:57 CST 2004

Mark Burdick wrote:
> Greetings, all. Here's some quick background that may be helpful...
> I've been using Linux for almost 10 years, and am pretty comfortable
> with it (multiple distro's). I work for a Novell partner and we are
> very interested in ramping up our Linux offering since Novell just
> bought SuSE.
> We are looking to replace all of our Windows servers with Linux ones,
> and the first one to do is the Terminal Server. We aren't very
> concerned about the mainstream apps (word processing, e-mail, etc.) as
> there are excellent compatibles available for Linux. Our major concern
> is with a home-grown app we use to track service calls. The program was
> written in FoxPro 2.6a.
> I have installed Wine20040213-0 on my SuSE 9 machine. When I try to
> launch the app, I am getting a WATCOM popup box that says Read Error.
> Can anyone at least point me in the right direction of where to start?

In general, to make Foxpro apps work, you must set in your 
~/.wine/config in the [Version] section:
"Windows" = "win2k"

Also, in general, you should be using a native msvcrt.dll and friends, 
but Wine builtin DLLs for everything else. You of course also need the 
native runtime DLLs that come with the Foxpro app.

And finally, there is a Wine bug that effects tooltips (and maybe a 
couple other spots), causing the text to be cut off. It can be fixed 
with a simple patch to the Wine source, which of course means you will 
always need to use a slightly custom version of Wine. Info and a patch 
can be found here:
Use the second patch mentioned.

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