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I just did a clean install of 11.10. This is my first time using Unity. I installed Wine and successfully used it to install IrfanView. I can't figure out how to launch IrfanView from Unity. Do Wine programs not show up in Unity, and if not, how do I access them?

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Usually you can launch the program by typing the first few letters of the application's name into the Unity dash. In your case, you would begin typing "IrfanView" and if the application created any desktop shortcuts / start menu icons, then they should show up when you type the first few letters.

If that fails, you can try opening up Wine's "C drive" and find the application's executable. You can find most Wine applications in ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files. Almost all Windows applications install to C:\Program Files, so you should see a folder for your application in there. Once you find the application, you can launch it by simply double-clicking it.

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Huh, it doesn't show up at all on the dash. I am able to launch it from the Wine directory. I tried installing a couple of other apps, with the same result - they run, but don't show up in the dash. Since I haven't used Wine with Unity before I don't know if this is typical or an aberration. –  Morgan May Oct 14 '11 at 7:34
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I think wine apps will shown in dash after some time –  Extender Oct 14 '11 at 8:53
    
You were exactly right. I'm not sure why it took so long, but after a couple of reboots they showed up. –  Morgan May Oct 22 '11 at 11:30
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I'm getting my first taste of Unity on 11.10 also. The way I add wine launchers to the Unity launch bar is to search for it by name in dash and drag the icon over to the bar. Wine integration is not great because clicking the launcher creates another icon named "Wine Windows Program Loader".

If your not seeing the apps in dash I would first fully update your system and reboot. If your still not seeing it make sure Zeitgeist is running. You should see processes called "zeitgeist-deamon" and "zeitgeist-datahub". They need to be present for dash to work properly. Either way try starting zeitgeist in debug mode and look for errors.

Don't use sudo

zeitgeist-deamon --quit
zeitgeist-deamon --log-level DEBUG

I tried viewing the debug info from Zeitgeist while installing a wine application but I saw nothing relevant coming out. The program showed up in dash instantly for me. Perhaps you may see errors or something useful.

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Thanks for the advice. I think restarting a few times was all it took, in the end. I'm not sure if I updated during that time or not. –  Morgan May Oct 22 '11 at 11:32
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I'm using the classic menu indicator for slowly weaning myself off the gnome panel and onto unity.

Whilst not a direct resolution for you it might be an easy workaround.

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