[Wine]Error writing temporary file. Make sure your temp folder is valid.

Mark Knecht markknecht at gmail.com
Tue Nov 9 15:19:16 CST 2004

On Tue, 09 Nov 2004 21:25:05 +0100, Holly Bostick <motub at planet.nl> wrote:
>   In all of this discussion, have we in fact checked the error itself;
> i.e., is the folder that Wine is using for /temp valid?

Well, you're basically right Holly. I have asked a couple of times for
the dosdevices part of the equation, but not the specific temp

> Wine by default uses /temp (the Linux temp folder) for its temp folder.

Depends, I think. What I see is that with the newest versions of Wine
you do not get a config file. This means I jsut don't know where the
temp directory is. However when I copy in an existing config it has an
entry "Temp" = "c:\windows\temp" so that would place it as a directory
in his home account. If the directory doesn't exist then this could
certainly be the issue.
> Does the user have write permission to this directory? If not, any
> attempt to install anything will fail, because most (if not all)
> installers extract files to /temp before the install begins (that's what
>   that progress bar on the InstallShield installer is doing, that's why
> you have to wait a few seconds before the big blue install screen pops up).
> The other issue (somewhat related, actually)
> Warning: the specified Windows directory L"C:\\Windows" is not accessible.
> is an error we've seen several times when people who had an
> "old-fashioned" Wine install (pre-dosdevices) try to upgrade to a
> "new-fangled" Wine install-- and doesn't SuSE install some old version
> of Wine during its install (in the name of user-friendliness)?
> I forget atm how it is solved, but the answer is surely in the archives.

A little Googling resulted in the always fun 'rm -rf .wine and run
wine again to create a new .wine directory'...

Take care,

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