[Wine] current directory setting at startup?

Roald Ribe roald.ribe at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 10 18:32:16 CDT 2011

On Mon, 10 Oct 2011 19:26:34 -0300, James McKenzie <jjmckenzie51 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 10/10/11 12:40 AM, Roald Ribe wrote:
>> Platform X86, Ubuntu 11.04 32-bit, wine 1.3.15
>> Hello,
>> When I try to launch a game in wine, the game requires the directory
>> where the .exe file is located to be the current directory at startup
>> time. If I start the game by clicking on it in Nautilus, this seems to
>> be handled automatically. But when I try to start the game by invoking
>> it from an icon defined in Main Menu, it stops because it can not
>> locate it's files.
>> When launching a program with the wine command, like:
>> wine "c:/Program Files/Claw/CLAW.EXE"
>> the program starts but reports that it can not load resource files.
>> If I make a .bat file like:
>> c:
>> cd "\Program Files\Claw"
>> claw.exe
>> the game will start correctly, invoked by
>> wine start "c:/Program Files/Claw/claw.bat"
>> It seems to me that there should be an additional parameter in the
>> wine command, to set the current directory before the executable is
>> invoked. This would correspond with how a program is defined in
>> progman.exe as well. It should not be necessary to make a script or
>> write a batch file for each program. Or maybe I have missed an easy
>> way to acheive this essential functionality?
> No, you are not missing anything.   Windows programs are designed to be
> started from the directory in which they are installed.  Blame this on
> Microsoft.

I agree that this is an expectation that Windows programs have. But
progman.exe, the Start menu and desktop icons allows the user to specify
a directory that the system will set to current before executing the
specified program. Would it not be logical and convenient for the wine
command to have the same option available?


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