[Wine] Three simple problems with wine under SuSe 9.3

phil lemelin phil.lemelin at gmail.com
Wed Oct 5 08:16:31 CDT 2005

Yep, to get back on topic, my major point was that if he is using "/drive_c"
I think it should be preceded by "/.wine" because wine wont have a clue of
what /drive_c is unless he's calling wine from the /.wine path.


On 10/5/05, Holly Bostick <motub at planet.nl> wrote:
> phil lemelin schreef:
> >
> > On 10/5/05, Holly Bostick <motub at planet.nl> wrote:
> >
> >> phil lemelin schreef:
> >>
> >>> On 10/4/05, G4BBH at winlink.org <G4BBH at winlink.org> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> I have three problems with wine. Wine set up a pseudo windows
> >>>> directory system under my home directory/wine. My application
> >>>> resides in the created 'Program Files' directory and a
> >>>> necessary file placed in the windows/system directory.
> >>>>
> >>>> 1. If I click on the exe and run with wine it works without
> >>>> error. However I seem unable to set up a path to the exe as in
> >>>> 'wine "drive_c/Program Files/Airmail/Airmail3.exe"' as the
> >>>> executive can never be found. I tried all sorts of path
> >>>> combinations and failed.
> >>>>
> >>> For the point #1 Did you tried without the "" and the path would
> >>> more look like $HOME/.wine/drive_c/blablabla
> >>>
> >>
> >> Phil, the quotation marks are necessary because the path contains a
> >> space (C:\Program Files), and Linux considers a space the end of
> >> the command unless it is either escaped (C:\\Program\ Files; the
> >> extra "\" being an escape character to tell a Linux application
> >> --which Wine is--that the character following the \ should be
> >> considered part of the command. This is why the first forward slash
> >> is escaped as well as the space, so that Linux can recognize it,
> >> otherwise Wine would read the path as C:Program Files), or enclosed
> >> in quotes (single or double), which tell a Linux application to use
> >> the quoted command or path 'as is'.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> > Well, i'm starting all my apps with this command when working from
> > the console :
> >
> > $ wine $HOME/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/WordView/WORDVIEW.EXE
> >
> Right; you've escaped the space between "Program" and "Files", so Wine
> can pass an understandable (valid) path to Windows.
> >
> > So far I didnt' had any problem It's true that in some script I also
> > use something like
> >
> > $ wine "c:\\Program Files\\WordView\\WORDVIEW.EXE" "/tmp/tempdoc.doc"
> >
> Right, because you've escaped the first forward slashes, so that Wine
> recognizes that a forward slash is meant to be used 'as is', but because
> you have not also escaped the space between "Program" and "Files", the
> quotation marks are needed for the space to be recognized, (although
> I'm surprised that doesn't cause a problem with the escaped slashes,
> since they would then be doubled. But maybe Windows doesn't care about
> that, I don't know. I can see how that's possible, since the Windows
> command line is deliberately stupid and will take just about anything so
> that users don't have to be precise in telling it what to do). And of
> course, the path to the doc is in quotes because it's a UNIX path (with
> backslashes that Windows doesn't recognize, but Wine does), so on the
> whole I can see how this works.
> Myself, I don't put stuff in C:\\Program\ Files anyway, because typing
> that whole path would make me insane-- especially with the necessity to
> escape everything-- and plus I trained myself not to use it when I was
> using Windows, since the C:\\ drive had to be reformatted far too often
> for me to put up with my applications and data being lost every time it
> did. And now, using Wine, that habit enables me to control space on my
> partitions better, since all my Windows applications are not in /home
> but on a dedicated partition (linked to d:), so I can always easily see
> how much space said applications are taking up.
> But that's just me, and off-topic from the actual problem, which is
> likely unrelated to the escaping of the path to the application in any
> case.
> Holly

Philippe-Alexandre Lemelin
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