[Wine] multiple users on LINUX - way to share a single .wine

Gert van den Berg wine-users at mohag.net
Fri Nov 7 13:07:05 CST 2008

Forgot to change from address...

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From: Gert van den Berg <gert at mohag.net>
Date: Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 9:03 PM
Subject: Re: [Wine] multiple users on LINUX - way to share a single .wine
To: James Mckenzie <jjmckenzie51 at earthlink.net>
Cc: wine-users at winehq.org

On Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 8:05 PM, James Mckenzie
<jjmckenzie51 at earthlink.net> wrote:
> The real question is why do you want only one .wine directory?  It is possible to install a program multiple times under Linux and then redirect a user to a particular installation on a shared drive.  I'm under the assumption that licensing issues are at the root of this issue and Wine should not be used to circumvent them.  If the issue is something else then explain why this is needed.  It may be necessary to submit a bug report.  Please keep in mind that this may not be implemented for a long time if ever.

I can see how this can be useful in a multi-user environment where
users have limited privileges... (Corporate, internet cafe, etc) An
administrator installs Wine with all relevant applications, shares it,
user runs application with settings saved in HKCU and his/her own home
directory... This also allows for centralized updates, etc.

I only have a use for "Documents and settings" equivalent that is
shared between prefixes.... (I install almost every program in a
seperate WINEPREFIX and it would be useful to have a easy way to have
a separate, shared settings location for easy backups, etc...)
(something like ~/.wine-profiles or ~/wine-profiles)

The Desktop, My Documents and Start Menu is nicely integrated at the moment...


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