Continuing problems with wine

Jeff Vian jvian10 at
Fri Dec 16 22:07:31 UTC 2005

On Wed, 2005-12-14 at 16:39 -0500, John Kebbel wrote:
> How would I completely erase wine (from /root/.wine and /kebbelj/.wine)
> and reinstall it on my Fedora 4 system. Here's the Catch-22 I've gotten
> myself into. 
rm -rf /root/.wine and the same for the kebbelj home directory.

> I figured I'd de-install wine and start over. Here's a copy and paste
> from the terminal ...
>    bash-3.00$ sudo rpm -e wine-0.9.2-1fc4winehq.i686.rpm
>    Password:
>    error: package wine-0.9.2-1fc4winehq.i686.rpm is not installed

You have to erase the package, not the rpm.
    rpm -e wine-0.9.2-1fc4winehq

> Well, then. If it's not installed, I should be able to reinstall it. No
> luck. I got this error message...
>    bash-3.00$ su
>    Password:
>    [root at localhost tars]# rpm -i wine-0.9.2-1fc4winehq.i686.rpm
>         package wine-0.9.2-1fc4winehq is already installed
> Well, if it's installed, I figure, I should be able to run it. Here's
> what I got... 
>    bash-3.00$ winefile
>    wine: '/tmp/.wine-500/server-302-1b82be/socket' is not owned by you
>    bash-3.00$
That means root started wine.  It may take a reboot to fix that, but I
think a judicious use of 'ps -ef' will allow you to identify and kill
the wine server..  The wine server must be stopped then restarted as
your regular user.

> Well, if I can't run it because I don't own it, root should be able to
> run it. I got ...
>    [root at localhost tars]# sudo winefile
>    wine: creating configuration directory '/root/.wine'...
>    wine: '/root/.wine' created successfully.
> This recreated the root version I threw away yesterday.
After you do all the above, then do NOT start wine as root.
Start it as your own user only and it should work. (Works for me!)


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