[pkg-wine-party] Bug#818874: "Bad EXE format" error message in case of arch mismatch not very informative

Andras Korn korn-debbugs at elan.rulez.org
Mon Mar 21 09:49:02 UTC 2016

Package: wine
Version: 1.8-2
Severity: normal
Tags: upstream


attempting to run a 32bit .exe with only 'wine' (but not 'wine32') installed
on a 64-bit system will cause wine to abort, printing "Bad EXE format".
While this message may be technically correct, it doesn't help identify the
root cause: that in order to run a 32bit executable, I need a 32bit wine
installation alongside the 64bit one.

I would suggest to print something like "64bit wine can't run 32bit
executables" or similar.

Arguably it would also make sense to Recommends: wine32, wine64 (in addition
to Depending on either), because in the real world, a 64bit-only wine
installation isn't terribly useful in most cases.

Best regards,


-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable'), (350, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.1.13-vs2.3.8.3-hellgate (SMP w/8 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=hu_HU.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Init: runit

Versions of packages wine depends on:
ii  wine32  1.8-2
ii  wine64  1.8-2

wine recommends no packages.

Versions of packages wine suggests:
pn  dosbox       <none>
pn  wine-binfmt  <none>

Versions of packages wine is related to:
ii  fonts-wine        1.8-2
ii  libwine           1.8-2
pn  libwine-dbg       <none>
pn  libwine-dev       <none>
ii  wine              1.8-2
ii  wine32            1.8-2
pn  wine32-preloader  <none>
pn  wine32-tools      <none>
ii  wine64            1.8-2
pn  wine64-preloader  <none>
pn  wine64-tools      <none>

-- no debconf information

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