[Wine] Re: New Ubuntu user, read FAQ, need help testing Galactic Civili

dimesio wineforum-user at winehq.org
Fri Mar 30 10:38:27 CDT 2012

thomasmbrooks wrote:
> Thank you to everyone who responded attempting to help. I discovered several facts which were not clear to me before and might be of use to people having problems in the future. (Maybe some of these belong in the FAQ ?)
> 1) What Canonical's Synaptic package manager lists as wine-1.3 is actually wine-1.4 (or the wine --version command is lying to me.) Lesson: Trust what wine says about itself, not what the distributor says.

The information about the wine1.2 misnaming has been there for two years; I just updated it to mention the current problem you identified.

> 2) Attempting to execute a windows program from the GUI (i.e. right-mouse click on a file and select Open with Wine Windows Program Loader) isn't a very useful way to execute a program, especially if you are just trying it out for the first time. 
> Wine seems to respond much better if you launch it from the CLI. In the case of Galactic Civilizations, it won't work from the GUI and works fine from the CLI. The suggestion to CD to the directory before running was also news to me. Even discounting the ability to post debugging information to this forum, the CLI is just more likely to work, at least in my limited experience.


> 3) Wanting an icon I can click on, 

Running the program's installer should create menu items and desktop links for most apps. You should only have to manually create links for apps that don't have installers or ones whose installers don't create menu items in Windows, or if you've disabled winemenubuilder.

> 4) The execute bit cannot be set on a CD-ROM file. There is probably an appropriate way to do this, perhaps "wine start executable.exe", but my solution was simply to copy the CD to the local filesystem and load it from there. Again, this is a simple solution to what might be a common newbie problem that could be in the FAQ.


> There should be (or if there is, I couldn't find it) a basic set of instructions on how a newbie might go about loading a Windows program and running it from his Linux box. 


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