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How to share applications between User profiles?

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Badrogh Friday 10 May 2013 at 12:49


I would like to share applications between Users to avoid re-installing them several times and kill disk space for nothing. Understand by this that currently my machine is used by several Users (wife and children).
As example I tried to apply this to WOW that both my wife and me play.

So what I did is pretty simple. I thought to move wineprefix and wine folders to a neutral place (outside of User profile) and use symlink to make it work from User's place.

I created a /home/PlayOnLinux folder and copy wine binary under wine/ and WorldOfWarcraft under wineprefix/ (I initially installed WoW from my wife's profile as I generally play from my Mac).
Finally I add into my own .PlayOnLinux/ folder the symlink for wine versions under wine/ and to the WorldOfWarcraft folder under wineprefix/

The /home/PlayOnLinux folder is owned by root and a group called "playonlinux" that have two members: my wife and me. This is to avoid any permissions issues when need writing.

The issue is if I am able to see installed wine versions and prefix folder, when I run it wine crash. Debug mode tell me that I am not the owner of the folder. So I am stuck as I obviously don't want to change ownership and make sure several users can run this app.

Is there any way to share application with PlayOnLinux???

petch Friday 10 May 2013 at 13:19


It's not supported by Wine design.

Edited by petch

Badrogh Friday 10 May 2013 at 14:32

that's what I suspected when looking at debug outputs, so it's tided to wine :(

What a shame. I really hoped to avoid duplicating software... Well I suppose a proper workaround is to use a shared account to play games through POL.

Thanks petch.

Edited by Badrogh

booman Wednesday 15 May 2013 at 1:03

Maybe try creating a PlayOnLinux user or Wine user and install all of your games.
Then when you or your wife wants to play games, just login as that new user.

I just have one user for Mint, works pretty well, and then a laptop for the kids. They don't touch my Linux!

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