wine on amd64

Roland Smith rsmith at
Mon Apr 9 22:01:20 UTC 2007

On Mon, Apr 09, 2007 at 09:37:00AM -0700, Steve Franks wrote:
> Hi, question of the day:
> Why does the wine port complain that it will not build on my 6.2/amd64
> machine?  A quick search around seems to indicate that the linux
> (kubuntu, debian) guys compile wine on their 64-bit platforms???  And you
> know how we *hate* to let them think they have something we bsd-ites do not
> ;)

This has been covered on the mailing list several times. In short:
install FreeBSD x86 if you want wine.

Depending on the app that you need you might be better off running
windows in an emulator like qemu.

Wine is a desktop app, and the benefit of 64-bit on a typical desktop
system is not that large (I'm running an amd64 desktop system, but
that's more a "because I can" thing that that I really need it). Since
it's much easier to install the x86 version of FreeBSD, nobody has
bothered to port wine to amd64 (which would be decidedly non-trivial, if
even possible).

The way linux does it, AFAICT is to run a 32-bit chroot
environment. This means that you have to install 32-bit versions of
_all_ the libraries that wine depends on in the chroot. Which has
significant consequences for the ports environment (again non-trivial),
unless you want to install everything by hand.

Both approaches would soak up a lot of resources that nobody has been
willing to spend on it.

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