Tutorial: Running Histcite on Ubuntu Linux 14.04 using Wine 1.7.24

For some time I have tried to run the HistCite software package on my Linux laptop. But, since this is an old and outdated piece of software, it will not run with a default install of Wine. I searched around but couldn’t find any solution. Thus, I present my workaround here as step-by-step instructions that worked on my computer.

1. Download HistCite.

2. Install the development version of Wine using the following commands:


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.7

3. Change the Wine environment into 32-bit mode with the following command:


WINEARCH=win32 PREFIX=/home/yourhomedirectory/.wine/ winecfg

4. Now, Histcite should start with the following command. Go to the directory where you downloaded it, then use the terminal command to check for possible errors:


wine HistCite.exe

5. Histcite is optimized for Internet Explorer 6 or something. Now, I did not get it to work with the Wine version of Internet Explorer, neither with Firefox. However, using the simple Epiphany Browser, which should be included in you Ubuntu install already, works just fine.

6. If you are lucky, things should look like this:

histcite

7. But, there is another weirdness with HistCite. Once you have some data (usually an exported .txt file), HistCite will only find the data files if they are located in the following Wine directory:


~/.wine/drive_c/fakepath

So, you need to create the fakepath directory, then place your data there. Then HistCite should work as ”normal” (on a Windows machine).

Please comment if this works/not works.

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