[Wine] Re: Drive Designation

Duane Clark dclark at akamail.com
Wed Mar 15 09:46:30 CST 2006

James E. Lang wrote:
> I keep reading on this list where drive C: is referred to as "~/.wine/drive_c" 
> but on my system (due to no special smarts on my part that would be 
> "~/.wine/dosdevices/c:" instead. Why this difference? Are the ones who post 
> basing their operation on an older way of doing things? The ability to use "c:" 
> rather than "drive_c" seems nicer IMNSHO. FWIW, I'm using version 0.9.8. I have 
> had to skip 0.9.9 but look forward to 0.9.10(?).

Do the command "ls -al ~/.wine/dosdevices". It should show something like:
drwxrwxr-x  2 dclark dclark 4096 Mar 10 08:42 .
drwxrwxr-x  3 dclark dclark 4096 Mar 14 07:44 ..
lrwxrwxrwx  1 dclark dclark   20 Mar  2 09:50 c: -> /home/drives/drive_c
lrwxrwxrwx  1 dclark dclark   20 Mar  2 09:50 e: -> /home/drives/drive_e
lrwxrwxrwx  1 dclark dclark    1 Jan 24 14:24 z: -> /

The "->" notation indicates that the 'c:' entry is a symbolic link, 
which means the directory is not actually located there. Instead, the 
actual directory is home/drives/drive_c in my case, but the default 
location is normally "~/.wine/drive_c".

So, yes, Wine actually accesses "c:" in the dosdevices directory, but 
the actual directory can be located anywhere in the filesystem. If "c:" 
is not a symbolic link on your machine, but instead a directory, Wine 
should still work fine.

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