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Trying to get Windows Firefox to work with Mint 13 KDE

Postby david0858 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:49 pm

I'm using 64bit Mint 13 KDE and I have Firefox 16.02 on both Mint and Windows using the same profile (/media/truecrypt1/Firefox/Profiles in Mint and j:\Firefox\Profiles in Windows) and it works fine. What I would like to do is run Windows Firefox with Mint from a launcher with this profile and I can't get it to work.

I am using Forte Agent (a Windows program that has worked under Wine for years and my outbox goes back to '96 so I'm not changing programs) for email and news groups. I have set my Windows drives to the same drive letters in Wine (j:\ in Windows is J:\ in Wine and is /media/truecrypt1). If I click on a link in Agent it runs "J:\Firefox\firefox.exe -profile J:\Firefox\Profiles" which loads and runs the Windows Firefox just fine so I know it WILL work.

This is the only way I can get the Windows Firefox with the profile I want to work, though. No combination I can come up with on a launcher will work. I either get a bad profile name error or it loads a generic profle.

What do I need for the launcher command? :?:

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Re: Trying to get Windows Firefox to work with Mint 13 KDE

Postby karlchen » Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:17 pm

Hello, david0858.

The commandline which you are trying to launch

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J:\Firefox\firefox.exe -profile J:\Firefox\Profiles
syntactically is a Windows commandline. Only Wine can understand it. Therefore for the Linux launcher, you will have to transform it to a commandline which launches wine. Pass the Windows commandline to Wine as its commandline argument.

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env WINEPREFIX="/home/david0858/.wine" wine J:\\Firefox\\firefox.exe -profile J:\\Firefox\\Profiles

You will have to correct the value of the variable WINEPREFIX to match your real environment.
Note the double backslashes. They are required in order to hide the backslashes in the Windows pathnames from the Linux shell.

Though I hope you will succeed in creating a functional launcher, I really fail to see any advantage in launching Windows Firefox via Wine over using the genuine Linux Firefox. :? OK, but this is your decision.
I simply use the sync service buitl-in to Firefox in order to keep all my Firefox profiles scattered across several Windows and Linux system synchronized.
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Re: Trying to get Windows Firefox to work with Mint 13 KDE

Postby Flemur » Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:05 pm

Here's the code I use to open files (either "$foobar filename" or with thunar, etc) on a linux FS with foobar running under wine:

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PARAM=`winepath -w "$*"`
exit 0

You can probably hack that to provide the profile location; try the linux location first, like the "open" from, say thunar, would do...I think.
It's just an executable text file called "foobar", in my PATH.
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