[Wine] CHM help not working

James Hawkins truiken at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 01:50:05 CDT 2007

On 10/25/07, L. Rahyen <research at science.su> wrote:
> On Thursday October 25 2007 04:04, Jeffrey Cobb wrote:
> > On Thu, 2007-10-25 at 16:42 +1300, Ross Levis wrote:
> > > I'm a Windows (non C++) software developer and I'm wanting my software to
> > > run under Wine as best as possible.  My app uses CHM help files which are
> > > displayed in Windows when pressing F1 or clicking Help on the menu, but
> > > it does not work under Wine on Linux.  It does absolutely nothing.
> > >
> > > Is see there are CHM viewers available but Wine does not seem to use
> > > them. Any suggestions?
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Ross.
> > I've run into the same problem... simply put I can't install Visual
> > Basic Pro in WINE.  So I had to opt for VMWARE and run VB in a Windows
> > XP sandbox.  You can check it out here:  www.vmware.com
> >
> > You'll wanna take interest in vmplayer for Linux.  It's what I use.  I
> > have to wait a bit for the player to come up but it's great for the apps
> > I can't use in WINE.
> >
> > Take Care,
> > Jeff
>         I think VirtualBox (its free!), especially with Seamless Mode turned on, is
> good alternative to VMWare and much better than VMPlayer. See
> http://www.virtualbox.org/ .
>         But hey, this has nothing to do with WINE! And with CHM files too... It is
> much simpler to run CHM-viewer than virtual machine. And of course most of
> real-world users will not use virtual machines at all. So if you are
> developer and want to see your application working on Linux for users (not
> just you) you can use WINE or port it natively (sometimes very hard
> especially if your are using non-standard languages or non-standard language
> features; by saying "standard" here I mean GCC). So in many cases WINE is the
> only choice.
>         Let's face it: we really need someone who can and want implement better
> support for help files in WINE. Currently it is far from perfect. Not sure
> should be it proposed for 1.0 release or not. This can delay 1.0 release a
> lot if no one will working on it! Therefore there is no point to make it 1.0
> release requirement: just because there isn't enough people who want to work
> on it! Don't get me wrong! There is some people who did a lot of work for
> better help support in WINE. But a lot of work still should be done to make
> it really good in all (or at least most) cases.
>         You may ask: "Why? Many users use help in Windows applications!". Yes, this
> is correct. But:
>         1) Most developers either havn't enough time to work on this issue or simply
> think that there is more important tasks (and this is true, good help support
> isn't high priority task).
>         2) There is very simple workarounds. Instead of viewing help files directly
> user can run external viewer. In case of CHM kchmviewer should work well.
> This isn't perfect solution of course: even worse, it isn't solution at all,
> it is just an workaround.
>         3) Situation isn't very bad. In many programs help works perfectly! For
> example, HTML help in Photoshop CS. However, in many other programs it still
> doesn't work or work very bad (depending on what format and its features the
> application in question uses) and this is exactly the problem.
>         What's the conclusion? We need someone who can and want (actively) to work on
> this part of WINE to make it better. And this isn't one-day project, this may
> took weeks or months of work.

No it won't.  HTML Help (hhctrl.ocx) is implemented enough so that you
can view chm files.  The right advice is to tell Ross to open a bug
report for this problem.  Most developers don't scour the wine-users
mailing list searching for bugs to fix, and really, this isn't the
place to discuss problems like this.

James Hawkins

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