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I would like to know if installed app will use wine server to run:

for e.g. picasa once installed -- it uses wine to run, however I want to know that picasa will use wine before installing it.

I've tried dpkg -I but doesn't show this particular info.

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Well, it it runs on wine it is an .exe

List the contents of a .deb with dpkg-deb

grep (search) for an .exe

dpkg-deb -c your.deb | grep exe

If you find a .exe , it runs on wine

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What about Mono things? They use .exes so something like Banshee or SpaceChem would be a false positive. – Oli Dec 10 '11 at 1:28
good point, but I do not think picasa uses mono ... /me goes to check – bodhi.zazen Dec 10 '11 at 1:32
This answer seems to work, though I would like more explanation about @Oli's approach – wisemonkey Dec 10 '11 at 1:38
see man dpkg-deb , the -f lists fields , so he is listing the dependencies. You can tell from the dependencies if it is a linux or windows binary. – bodhi.zazen Dec 10 '11 at 1:41

Well I knew it could be done but it took 10 minutes to work out:

dpkg-deb -f package.deb depends

Edit: This won't work for Picasa because it bundles its own copy of Wine. It's not a dependency. (And that's why the download is 30MB)

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exact output for picasa wisemonkey@devMachine:~/Ubuntu/ProgInstalls$ dpkg-deb -f picasa_3.0-current_amd64.deb depends libc6-i386 (>= 2.2), ia32-libs, lib32asound2, lib32z1, gconf2 dpkg -I picasa_3.0-current_amd64.deb outputs Architecture: amd64 Depends: libc6-i386 (>= 2.2), ia32-libs, lib32asound2, lib32z1, gconf2 I'm not sure what shows that it is a wine dependent :( – wisemonkey Dec 10 '11 at 1:35
@wisemonkey Updated. It won't work for Picasa but it will for things that do have proper dependencies on Wine. – Oli Dec 10 '11 at 1:43
@Oli - too bad, it was an elegant solution – bodhi.zazen Dec 10 '11 at 1:45
@Oli: will keep that in mind :) thats why I asked question if u see dpkg -I also lists dependencies – wisemonkey Dec 10 '11 at 1:57

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