A Solution for installing EVE Online on Linux

Why i'm doing this? I'm using linux, wine (and EVE Online ofc) many years and every time when wine or linux has an update, changes some things or settings on my installation was the cleanest way to bring it back a new installation from the things, which have changed. The Linux EVE Online Launcher from CCP_Snorlax (many thanks by the way for this) use his own wine version in his own wineprefix. If i want to change some settings there i must the command the used wineprefix give as parameter and if i use the internal wine installation the complete path to the used wine version there, so that it not interfere with other wine installations or wineprefixes.

env WINEPREFIX=/home/gharim/.eve/wineenv /home/gharim/.eve/wine/bin/winecfg

If i change the used wine version to a developer build and launch EVE with this, some settings are gone trough the internal initialization from wine itself by the first start. More than that, some settings from my desktop environment are changed through this. This is not a fault from EVE Launcher, it is a feature from wine itself and are the reason for many errors in this context.

The setup script creates some helper scripts, which should be used to access and change wine settings for EVE, because these scripts looking for the used wine version in EVE so that other wineprefixes if they exists are not affected.
In case of changing the used wine version the script 'eveoverrides' should be called BEFORE EVE was launched with the changed wine version. It prevent the change of user wide settings from used mimetypes and file extensions to the wine environment used by EVE through winemenubuilder.exe. The messages

wine: cannot find L"C:\\windows\\system32\\winemenubuilder.exe"
err:wineboot:ProcessRunKeys Error running cmd L\"C:\\\\windows\\\\system32\\\\winemenubuilder.exe -a -r\"

at wine start can be ignored.
The created script evelauncher.sh need findutils and grep, optional libnotify. It checks the presence of two crypto libraries which are needed from the finally executed evelauncher. It creates symbolic links in the launcher directory to these system files. After an evelauncher update it will restore these settings.
If Steam are in use then creates evelauncher.sh a file named steam_appid.txt, so that EVE can be played with a steam account. Steam must be separate launched before, because the game is not direct launcheable with the steam linux client.

On my opinion was it a good choice to isolate the EVE wine environment from others, then you have with this solution a clean environment for EVE himself and other applications which needs wine are not affected from settings and maybe installations which are only needed from EVE. And by the way, other solutions which brings windows games and applications into wine to linux uses the same methode. If you have only one wine prefix for all windows applications which you use, then you have maybe somedays the same runtime- and dll-hell as on windows itself, so then you can still use windows instead of linux and wine, but this is only my opinion.

Packages for Arch or Manjaro Linux

AUR Installer Package
AUR Source Package

Distribution Independed Installer Package

Installer Package (Right Click "Save as..")

Checksums for all Packages

How to use the Installer Packages

The installation from the Arch package has nothing special. Make sure, you have multilib enabled on your system because EVE Online is a 32bit application and need a wine 32bit environment instead of the launcher application, which are a 64bit executable. Just download the package, then open at the download location a terminal and execute

sudo pacman -U --asdeps evesetup-1225328-2-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz

The distribution independed installer need some more steps. You should have a decent system to run EVE Online which means, it should be based on 64bit architecture with enabled 32bit support. Furthermore you should install wine version 3.5 or newer with your package manager. I prefer a developer version of wine from WineHQ, but if your distribution offers a actual version from wine or wine-development it should be ok. The openssl libraries should be per default installed, if not, please install it. Optional, but highly recommended install winetricks, it makes many things with wine easier. Download the installer package, then open a terminal at the download location and execute following commands:

chmod a+x evesetup-1225328-2-x86_64.run

and then

sudo ./evesetup-1225328-2-x86_64.run

if your system dont have sudo try

su -c ./evesetup-1225328-2-x86_64.run

If you have questions or suggestions to the installer packages just write it in the EVE Online Linux Forum : EVE Installing

-- fly safe o7

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