Wine in Mac OS X — a few questions

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mac2x, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. mac2x macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
    So being an enterprising individual, I got the Wine source code and the required libraries and compiled Wine in Leopard (10.5.8). It's up and running, and I can call up winecfg in Terminal, and it displays properly in X11. Sound works and all that. I have a few old Windows apps I wouldn't mind using again that aren't worth the trouble of buying another Windows license and all that, so I figured I'd give it whirl. A couple of those are old games. [edit] I'd run them on my XP machine if SP 3 hadn't broken them. :(

    However, I can't figure out how to actually install anything to Wine's fake drive C. Has anyone else fiddled round with this, and know how to actually get things installed?

    Attached Files:

  2. LinMac macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    1) Go to
    2) Buy Crossover, it supports the Wine project.
    3) Use your Windows programs that are compatible with Wine.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    but first make sure you're programs will actually work in wine. Too many applications don't for instance. I have adobe Lightroom and was trying to get that to run in wine (under fedora) and that won't. The winehq database marked it as garbage because it didn't run.
  4. mac2x thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
    Thanks, I am aware of Crossover. But the games aren't worth spending money on; it's mainly one other program that I know works in Wine on Linux. What I'm trying to learn is simply how to install a program on Wine.
  5. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2008
    If they are all older, non-graphic intensive games, you might want to look into virtual machines. VirtualBox is free and should have no problem running 2D and simple 3D games.

    If you want to stick with WINE, I would recommend checking out what settings people have used with *nix WINE. Best place for that is the WINE support forums. Most people here use VMs or CodeWeaver (I use both) to run their Windows apps in OS X, so you probably won't find much help here as few people have experience setting up WINE properly. Heck, I never got WINE to work properly when I ran Ubuntu.

    PS To install apps with WINE, use the following terminal command: wine <installer or EXE file>.
  6. steerpikegg macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2007
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but in Linux for eg, you just need to type wine <path to installer.exe> and it will run the software's installation program.
  7. mongrol macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    Steerpikegg is onto it.

    Your C: drive is located in the ~\.wine\drive_c directory. To install things you can either copy them in there manually, or if they have an installer like most do you run the installer with wine.

    open a terminal and do;

    wine <installer.exe name>
  8. mac2x thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
    I'll try the Wine forums then. All I get from Terminal is:

    $ wine setup.EXE
    -bash: wine: command not found
  9. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    That indicates that the wine program isn't in the PATH. You'll need to add a line to your .profile, .bash_profile, or .bashrc files (create the one you're using if it doesn't exist) that looks something like this:

    export PATH=$PATH;/path/to/wine/binary
    Odds are it's in /usr/local/bin, unless you installed it somewhere else.

Share This Page