first time an exe file is double clicked

  9 years ago

[andrey] somebody should make a program that asks the user if they want to install wine when they click on a .exe
[andrey] right now it opens archive manager and exits saying unknown archive
[andrey] not helpful

I thought the idea was worthy of posting here, even if it was posted on IRC..

What do you think, a simple popup , "This is a Microsoft Windows application, and needs the wine... blah blah," install , cancel.

The wording would have to be mulled over, as the file may not be wine compatible , w/e...
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Kobalt 5 years ago

There could be a check box which allows for disabling the information for future .exe executions since a user might be aware of what executing a Windows application on Linux means.

dagon 8 years ago

Thanks. A simple pop-up with possible links to a tutorial on wine.

new -> considered

Labby 8 years ago

I like this idea!

jordan4girl3 8 years ago

that's an excellent idea!

blueXrider 8 years ago

The problem with .exe files are they are so vicious for virus.

orionthehunter 9 years ago

Very very good idea for windows switchers.

Alexio 9 years ago


for file in "$PATH_TO_SOMEWHERE"; do
if [ -d $file ]
# do something directory-ish
if [ ${file: -4} == ".exe" ]
# do something txt-ish

Source: How to determine file type in bash script?

Elisa 9 years ago

Isn't it possible to write any bash script and set it to run so it could check if any .exe app is clicked to be run and yelled that maessage? ^_^

tdockery97 9 years ago

Best idea since sliced bread.

Alexio 9 years ago

@RobinJ - To implement your idea about each file type and the associated software, the developers could use the information available from the website.

RobinJ 9 years ago

Would be nice to just have something like that for each file type, something that searches the software manager for something that might be able to open it.

passstab 9 years ago

This is a Microsoft Windows application not intended for Linux Mint however if you install WINE it might work
click here to install WINE if this is a popular program perhaps someone has tried running this app under WINE and reported the results click here to find out (searches the app title minus the .exe at
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