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    Question Installing WINE: Snap or repositories or both?

    I'm a bit confused about installing WINE. I don't need the latest and greatest, so I'm not going to install the official PPA.

    However, I was wondering what the two snap packages wine-platform-5-stable and wine-platform-runtime are. Are they full replacements for installing wine? Do they add to an existing WINE installation?

    I currently have the following installed; I don't remember why I chose these; and I'm wondering if I've installed too much:

    • wine
    • wine32:i386
    • Snap package wine-platform-5-stable
    • Snap package wine-platform-runtime

    I don't have wine64 installed. Should I install it?

    I'm running Ubuntu 20.04.

    Thanks, from a rather confused person!
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    Re: Installing WINE: Snap or repositories or both?

    Use the repository version.
    The snap packages are confusing to say the least:
    per wine-platform-5-stable:
    description: |
    This snap creates a WINE stable 5 via content sharing to be used by other
    snaps that are using WINE.
    And the runtime snaps are more or less the same

    Basically, as I read it the snap wine packages aren't wine, both layers to add for using wine programs pre-built as snaps.
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    Re: Installing WINE: Snap or repositories or both?

    I was wondering what the two snap packages wine-platform-5-stable and wine-platform-runtime are. Are they full replacements for installing wine? Do they add to an existing WINE installation?
    Some Windows programs are packaged as Snaps. These are the only ones that can use the packages you displayed.
    Such as:
    Notepad:
    https://snapcraft.io/install/notepad3/ubuntu
    When you install it, it installs the needed support libraries which are what you are displaying:
    Code:
    dmn@Sydney-vm:~$ sudo snap install notepad3
    installs (showing new packages only here):
    Code:
    dmn@Sydney-vm:~$ snap list
    Name                    Version                     Rev    Tracking         Publisher   Notes
    notepad3                5.20.915.1                  137    latest/stable    mmtrt       -
    wine-platform-5-stable  5.0.3                       13     latest/stable    mmtrt       -
    wine-platform-runtime   v1.0                        200    latest/stable    mmtrt       -
    And it works!
    Non-snap Windows programs work with the repository Wine installation.
    There are more such Windows snap packages, but not many. A more interesting package would be the snap for Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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    Re: Installing WINE: Snap or repositories or both?

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    Use the repository version.
    The snap packages are confusing to say the least
    Yes, I also found the description confusing! But the reply by @Dennis N seems to clarify things.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis N View Post
    Some Windows programs are packaged as Snaps. These are the only ones that can use the packages you displayed.

    A more interesting package would be the snap for Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    Thank you. That clarifies things. I installed the snap for Adobe Acrobat Reader (acrordrdc) recently.

    So, as a test, I uninstalled the snaps for acrordrdc and both of the WINE packages, and then I reinstalled acrordrdc.

    As you predicted, acrordrdc automatically installed the two WINE packages, which explains why I couldn't remember why I installed the two WINE packages — because I didn't!

    Thank you
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