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I'm running into a strange issue where I have two working wine installs. This one is stumping me.

I'm using Centos version 5.6.

The legacy wine was installed via rpm or yum; I'm not sure which. yum uninstall wine was run and succeeded, yet wine version 1.0 still exists.

The new wine version was compiled from source

which wine as a normal user gives this output:


wine --version as a normal user gives this output:


... as root, which wine gives:


and wine --version gives:


find / -name wine gives:


The legacy wine version is in /usr/.

Anyway, how can I uninstall the legacy version completely?

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What package manager did you use to install wine? – Matt Ball Jun 10 '11 at 1:18
i believe the legacy version of wine was installed via yum. forgot to mention that im running centos 5.6... new version was compiled from source – steve Jun 10 '11 at 1:24

You should run (as both a normal user and as root):

/usr/bin/wine --version
/usr/local/bin/wine --version

It would appear that which is confused about which version of wine is run by one of the two users, most likely root. This might be because one of the shells has an alias for wine which which is unaware of, or something similar.

As to uninstalling the system wine - if you can't get it removed with yum, then I'd simply make sure that my PATH runs the preferred version. Depending on circumstances (mainly how many concurrent versions of a given piece of software I expect to install), I will create my own version for install in /usr/gnu or $HOME/Software/Product/vN.NN or something similar, and make sure that the relevant bin directory is on my PATH ahead of the system directories. I have 11 versions of Perl (from 5.6.2 to 5.14.0) installed in $HOME/Perl/vN.NN.N directories, for example. (And I never modify the system Perl. I doubt if 'the system' uses wine, but I don't know what would break if I modified the system's copy of Perl, so I simply don't take the risk.)

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Thats more of a hack around than I was looking for. I was aware that is an option. I'm really hoping someone actually has a solution to a clean uninstall of this version of wine.. its a work computer. thanks for the input though – steve Jun 10 '11 at 1:44

The solution I used was indeed also a hack around. did not delete wine however it "fixed" the issue easier than changing paths.

I created a symbolic link linking the 1.3 wine to the 1.0 executable and which is no longer having issues.

would love to have an ACTUAL solution though

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