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  • What is a Wineprefix ?

  • What is it's function ?

  • What is a "clean" Wineprefix ?

WINEPREFIX is an envirnomental variable - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EnvironmentVariables

It sets where wine looks for it's configuration and files, well where it puts it's "C" drive.

By default it is $HOME/.wine

Some programs require very specific configurations and some people will use a specific prefix for different programs.

See https://wiki.winehq.org/FAQ#Wineprefixes for details on how to do so and various options.

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A Wineprefix is like a small windows system that is run through wine. A clean Wineprefix is a brand new one that does not have any programs installed in it or settings changed. What you can do is have a separate Wineprefix for every program you install on wine to make removal easier and to prevent conflict. I think that is what Winetricks does. The default one is stored in your home folder in .wine.

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