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Internet Explorer under WINE

#1 Post by beckwith » Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:51 pm

Yeah, I know WINE is not an emulator, but this seemed the best place to post.

The Australian Tax Office offer web based annual tax return statements, but
they only support IE (as if Tax wasn't enough itself). I have IE running on
my XP partition, so running it under WINE was easy.

But - most of the options are missing (e.g. "preferences") so IE has a home
page of WINE.

Is there a way to enable more options? Even "HELP" only tells me who
wrote Wine.

Not a great issue, it will only be used once or twice per year. But I do hate
when 1) ATO only supports IE, and 2) WINE IE is not quite IE.

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Re: Internet Explorer under WINE

#2 Post by timkb4cq » Wed Aug 20, 2014 3:31 am

You can use winetricks to install a real IE in WIne. It sets it up in a separate folder so it doesn't affect other programs you have installed in wine.
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Re: Internet Explorer under WINE

#3 Post by beckwith » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:01 am

Yes, I wondering what was going on, since I invoked IE by
wine "/win/Program Files/Internet Explorer/IEXPORE.EXE"
(/win is the mounted windowsXP partition)

I'll try winetricks, but I already realise the whole thing was
fraut with peril - instead of the usual 1 phone per week from a call
centre in MUmbai, I have had 5 today: IE is clealy announcing itself
to the world IMHO.

EDIT
Going to need a little more helo - winetricks is a bit mysterious.

Done tax for this year, but since ATO only support IE, I'm concerned
they are using something only a real IE can do. Got another 11
months before next tax declaration (and I lready get 2 statements:
one from OZ, and one from USA).

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Re: Internet Explorer under WINE

#4 Post by uncle mark » Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:54 am

Might also explore using a user agent switcher in Fx.
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Re: Internet Explorer under WINE

#5 Post by beckwith » Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:31 pm

Sorry, I'm feeling blinkered. I can't understand what winetricks is about.
I can't seem make it do anything. Second what is "user agent" and "Fx".

I have renamed all instances of "iexplore.exe" from my Linux partitions
and I still get the Wine version!

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Re: Internet Explorer under WINE

#6 Post by antiX-Dave » Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:58 am

If winetricks is not working for you you could also install play on Linux. It has an install apps screen where you can choose to install ie 6,7,8 and possibly 9 but I am not sure about 9.

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Re: Internet Explorer under WINE

#7 Post by joany » Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:02 pm

beckwith wrote:Sorry, I'm feeling blinkered. I can't understand what winetricks is about.
I can't seem make it do anything. Second what is "user agent" and "Fx".
User Agent Switcher is a Firefox add-on that tricks web servers into believing you're using a different operating system or a different browser. For instance, you can set it to "Windows 7" and "IE9" even if you're using Firefox with Linux. Sometimes this works, often times it won't -- especially if the web site uses ActiveX or other similar MS garbage that simply won't run on anything other than IE.

I had to deal with IE-only web sites in the past, which was a real pain in the tush. With some of them, the only way around it was to use a Windows VM in Linux (or boot into Windows) and use the Internet freakin' Exploder. Of course, this will be problematic if you don't have a copy of Windows OS.

If you use Firefox, you should try User Agent Switcher as a first resort before installing any MS stuff.

With the advent of Android devices that are replacing computers entirely, it won't be long before certain Neanderthal web masters begin to see the light and ditch IE.
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Re: Internet Explorer under WINE

#8 Post by timkb4cq » Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:40 pm

Once winetricks is installed, from the command line type:

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winetricks prefix=real-ie ie8
Follow the prompts to install ie8.
Say no to participating & updates.
Once installed, it can be run with

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WINEPREFIX=~/.local/share/wineprefixes/real-ie/ wine "c:/Program Files/Internet Explorer/iexplore.exe"
As you can see, using the prefix= switch installs ie in a separate wine home folder so that this install won't affect any other programs you run in wine.
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Re: Internet Explorer under WINE

#9 Post by beckwith » Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:48 am

@timkb4cq
I tried this:
/home/beckwith $ winetricks prefix=real-ie ie8
Executing w_do_call ie8
Executing load_ie8
Executing wine iexplore -unregserverdrive_c/
wine: cannot find L"C:\\windows\\system32\\iexplore.exe"
------------------------------------------------------
Note: command 'wine iexplore -unregserver' returned status 2. Aborting.
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/home/beckwith $
I have my winXP partition mounted as /win

I put back the path ~/.wine/drive_C/Program Files/Internet Explorer

No joy.

Then ...
/home/beckwith/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32 $ ls WAS*
WAS-iexplore.exe
/home/beckwith/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32 $ mv WAS* iexplore.exe
/home/beckwith/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32 $ winetricks prefix=real-ie ie8
Executing w_do_call ie8
Executing load_ie8
Executing wine iexplore -unregserver
wine: cannot find L"Z:\\home\\beckwith\\.wine\\drive_c\\windows\\system32\\iexplore.exe"
I really don't want to run a VM, I have an XP partition (not web connected - too avoid
the darned call centres in Mumbai). I'm running MS-word from there via wine to ensure
LibreOffice is producing what my publisher wants in Word format. I have one other
app in there TranslatorPro. So I just want IE to work under Linux.

As I have already stated, I believe that even the Wine IE is annoucing itself, as the
the callsl from Mumbai telling I have a virus is now > 3 per day. I just say "f**k
off" - that's my OS not a virus.

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Re: e-Tax under WINE

#10 Post by Pierre » Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:48 am

The Australian Tax Office offer web based annual tax return statements, but
they only support IE (as if Tax wasn't enough itself). I have IE running on
my XP partition, so running it under WINE was easy.
just to pull this back a bit:

the MyTax and MyGov websites can be used viewed / used with both Linux & FF.
- so you can submit your Tax return via them.
( big brother ramps up again )

however, if you wish to use the older e-Tax software,
then that won't work with win_xp
( not supported anymore )

so that's win 6 / 7 / 8 or MAC
( MAC was released last year )

or use a VB - for M$
or wine:
https://www.codeweavers.com/compatibili ... search=app
- works under that, but the online submit doesn't work. ..
so - it's print it & mail it.
( but you won't get your return back in two weeks )

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