Sunday, June 10, 2007

Wine + e-sword

I have long searched for a Bible program on Linux on the same level of standard as e-sword, the freeware application for windows that has no equal.

After using Bibletime for KDE and looking at some offerings for Gnome I concluded that there is no equal on Linux either and I had to use my wifes PC for Bible study then. (If you never used e-sword you will have no idea how superior it is!)

After looking at the release notes of Ubuntu Christian Edition and reading through their mailing list I saw them getting e-sword running under Wine and that got me really excited, however I have had very limited success with Wine in the past and a couple of searches later I finally got e-sword running on my Gentoo box! Oh the joy!
We must really petition the creator of e-sword to release a Linux version as well!

Now, in as easy to follow steps as possible, here's how I got it running!
  1. First off we need to install wine, I'm not going to go through this since all of us know how to do it.
  2. Download the latest e-sword release here.
  3. Type wine setup785.exe to install e-Sword.
  4. Download the following files and put them in the ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32 directory:
    Overwrite any existing files.
  5. Open winecfg and set riched20.dll to native for e-sword.exe.

  6. Now cd to ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/e-sword/ and execute:
    wine e-sword.exe
The only problem you will have to install some of the modules, you will unfortunately need a Windows PC for this. Browse to the e-sword installation directory on said machine and copy the *.bbl files you would like to have.

And that is it, small simple and fast, enjoy e-sword on Linux!

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