[Wine] Starting a Linux application for a windows file in wine

hendrik at topoi.pooq.com hendrik at topoi.pooq.com
Wed May 14 11:49:50 CDT 2008

On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 06:13:20PM +0200, Marcel W. Wysocki wrote:
> On Wed, 14 May 2008 11:03:10 -0500
> "Austin English" <austinenglish at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 5:08 AM, Dan Kegel <dank at kegel.com> wrote:
> > > Indeed.  Vitamin is very well informed and gives good advice, but he
> > > does it often with a really bad attitude, as if he's being forced
> > > against his will to do tech support for total idiots.  I have asked
> > > him many times to tone down his attitude, but it seems he can't.
> > >
> > > What do people think?  Is Vitamin doing more harm than good?
> > > - Dan
> > >
> > >
> > 
> > I get the feeling he's scared more than a few users away from the
> > forum/mailing list & irc channel. He's very well informed, but as
> > we're all aware, needs to calm his attitude down, especially on
> > wine-users.
> > 
> I can understand when he gets a bit angry from time to time, with all this people asking the same moronic questions over and over again.
> I think he is doing a good job. Show me one case where he shows a bad 
> attitude in response to a well-written, precise and sane question.

In this very thread.

DRNewcomb wrote:
: While I read the FAQ on this, I didn't understand its importance. The 
: subject is something I've been wondering about but didn't understand. 
: If Wine is to be used for more than playing games, the users will have 
: to be able to link between the Windows applications running under Wine 
: and the native Linux applications.

This does not seem to be an unreasonable question.  DRNewcomb even 
indicates that he has read the FAQ, and goes on to express a reasonable 
concern.  There may be technical and policy reasone for doing or not 
doing what he wants, but his request is a sane one, especially because 
Wine Is a library, Not an Emulator.

But vitamin replied:

: What are you talking about? Are you implying that all windows programs 
: some how magically will understand UNIX paths? And some how all UNIX 
: programs will some how can use file paths inside Wine's space?
: Spit whatever you are smocking, take a deep breath and repeat your 
: question.

The entire reply shows an unnecessarily aggressive attitude, and where 
he ways, "Spit whatever you are smocking", he really crosses the line 
into overt offensiveness.  Whatever his intention, he has succeeded in 
convincing DRNewcomb that he is not welcome here.

An answer to the question might have explained how the Wine and Linux 
file-name spaces are, or can be made to be, related to one another.

> Perhaps there should be a small quiz when you want to register at the 
> forums or mailinglists, asking very basic wine questions, to ensure 
> everyone did read the FAQ :P 

DRNewcomb evidently did read the FAQ, and found it unsufficent.

-- hendrik

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