[Wine] Using wisotool with Steam

Edward Savage epssyis at gmail.com
Tue Jun 8 07:25:34 CDT 2010

On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 3:59 PM, DanKegel <wineforum-user at winehq.org> wrote:
> wisotool's value in that situation would be to cache the
> downloaded games for quick re-installation later.  I think
> Steam's download system makes that possible.

The Steam game cache can be easily preserved by just making a symlink
of the steamapps folder to some where out side of your wine prefix.
They also provide a great game backup solution that works well.

The real value would be in modifying the installscript.vdf 'first time
run' scripts that ship with games that Steam downloads.  This script
is the cause of a lot of pain for playing games we know work in Steam.

If we could replace the modules Steam tries to install with install
scripts that run faster using alternative methods that we know work
reliably and quickly.  For example VCRedist takes ages while
winetricks does it almost instantly.  Another example is games that
don't rely on GFWL but still require it to install could have that
issue by passed.

These vdf scripts are very plainly written and simple to follow.
Extensive editing does not cause any issues and is already used with a
couple of games.  Windows users have been changing them for awhile now
without any comment from Valve.

Might be a good idea to look into?

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