I prefer to use PlayOnLinux to configure wine and manage prefixes.

PlayOnLinux requires wine packages to be installed, but I won't use default /home/$USER/.wine prefix. So I deleted default prefix but can't get rid of default menu entries. If I delete them manually they are recreated, and occasional click on them will recreate default .wine.

Is there right way to hide all default wine entries?

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Whenever you make a new WINEPREFIX menu entries and context menu entries are recreated automatically; your default .wine prefix will even be recreated, as you know, if winecfg is run and it the prefix doesn't exist.

Even though you are probably using different versions of wine and not just the system wine in playonlinux, removing system wine will probably take playonlinux with it, so there are some better alternatives that will stop wine regenerating menu entries all the time.

Possible Solutions

I have found that there are really two distinct ways of dealing with the issue:

a) Refer to the wine FAQ and permanently disable the winemenubuilder application, although that would generate quite a lot of error messages if you used default wine to install programs rather than playonlinux in the future. The alternative ways of dealing with winemenubuilder are detailed in the FAQ, such as disabling it when a particular new application is installed or disabling it for all programs to be installed by placing an override in winecfg.


b) Just keep deleting the created menu entries by placing the commands below in a script and running it regularly. They are from the wine FAQ, and you should be careful if you use them and make sure you don't make any typos. The commands below will remove wine applications (but not playonlinux ones) from your menus.

Here is the full list of commands from the wine FAQ; use with caution and avoid typos:

rm -f ~/.config/menus/applications-merged/wine*  
rm -rf ~/.local/share/applications/wine  
rm -f ~/.local/share/desktop-directories/wine*  

If you wish to see what will be removed, you can use printf with command one and three above to list the items (You can examine the directory mentioned in command two manually if you wish). As an example,

printf '%s\n' ~/.config/menus/applications-merged/wine* 

will format the list of items nicely so it is easily readable:

/home/mike/.config/menus/applications-merged/wine-Programs-ViewNX 2-ViewNX 2 Help.menu
/home/mike/.config/menus/applications-merged/wine-Programs-ViewNX 2-ViewNX 2.menu
/home/mike/.config/menus/applications-merged/wine-Programs-ViewNX 2-ViewNX 2 Readme.menu


In short, it is up to you which option you choose to use to solve your problem, but I personally think that the simplest way is to place the commands from the wine FAQ in a script and run it periodically.

In addition, for a general discussion of how to remove wine context menu entries, which you may also be interested in, see my answer here:

which is applicable not just to Thunar and Xfce, but all desktop environments that adhere to XDG standards.

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