I've recently installed Wine on my Ubuntu 14.04. When I'm trying to patch a game I get the following error:

Please run the patching program again with full administrative rights!

So I tried to run it this way:

sudo wine Patch.exe

But I get an error:

wine: /home/myusername/.wine is not owned by you

I tried sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /home/myusername/.wine but the error still appears.

Please do not tell me that I should not run Wine programs as sudo!

Can someone help me with a solution? Thanks.

  • Can you find out who it is owned by? ls -al /home/myusername/.wine – levlaz Jun 24 '15 at 17:07
  • @levlaz Every file/directory is owned by "myusername". – Rafcio Kowalsky Jun 24 '15 at 17:11
  • I tell you not to use wine with sudo! When you run wine with sudo, you run wine as user root. Means the folder has to be owned by root and not by you. Besides: Security issue! You know how much Windows malware exists - especially in non-official/illegal patches, cheat- or crack-progs. I guess you need Windows-admin rights here, not Ubuntu root privileges. Better find a way to run a program in wine with win-admin rights than to run wine with root rights! – Byte Commander Jun 24 '15 at 17:14
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    Don't run it with sudo. That is almost certainly why you're getting the error. There's no reason to and you're running as root who doesn't own /home/myusername/.wine. Just don't use sudo! – terdon Jun 24 '15 at 17:18
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    There is NO REASON to run anything in wine as ROOT. wiki.winehq.org/SecuringWine "Unless you run Wine as root, for instance, it's hard for malicious software in Wine to modify files belonging to other users. But Wine doesn't protect you against malware you run yourself." – Panther Jun 24 '15 at 18:30

Never ever run wine with sudo ! This will give windows viruses the power to change all your system, because you give them super-user permissions.

  • How does this answer the question? – Pierre.Vriens May 31 '16 at 5:48

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