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Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:45:58 +0700
From: Рысь <>
Subject: Re: musl and legacy win32 apps through wine

On Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:02:49 -0500
Rich Felker <> wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 01:21:15PM +0700, Рысь wrote:
> > Hello.
> > 
> > I came to need to run few legacy win32 apps in wine (2d programs of
> > specific nature).
> > 
> > I had built wine myself which links with musl fine.
> > 
> > These programs are Russian only. They do not have English fallback
> > or any other translated versions. Their texts are of cp1251
> > encoding.
> > 
> > I unable to read them because they are garbled probably because they
> > are converted to utf-8 implicitly. However if I set
> > LC_ALL=ru_RU.UTF-8, wine own translation is shown as expected - I
> > see clear Russian translation. Only those legacy programs are in
> > trouble.
> > 
> > Is there a way to tell Wine or to emulate it cp1251 encoding? Maybe
> > I could modify Wine somehow to convert texts to proper UTF-8? I did
> > not found Wine uses iconv or something like that inside it's source.
> > 
> > I only need Wine for these few programs. I now running a chroot with
> > debian glibc and wine as a temporary solution.
> I'm not really familiar with how Wine emulates the Windows locale
> system, but if I remember right from when I once used it for QQ (which
> needed a legacy Chinese locale), it ties the emulated locale to the
> host locale. If so this is of course really problematic since the host
> locale on a modern system always uses UTF-8 encoding and legacy
> Windows apps never use/expect it. Probably some hack is needed on the
> Wine side to work around this but I'm not sure what it would look
> like.
> Rich

OK got it, I already looked into it's guts, but they messy even about
locale stuff. Maybe I will be able to adapt it at least for my needs.

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