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I've successfully installed Internet Explorer 7 with winetrick in a clean prefix.

I can successfully run it from terminal like this:

env WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32ie7 wine 'C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore'

Then I have created a .desktop entry to appear in gnome-shell menu:

.local/share/applications/wine/Programs/IE7/IE7.desktop

which looks like this:

#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
Exec=env WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32ie7 wine 'C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore'
Type=Application
StartupNotify=true
Comment=Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Web Browser.

I have restarted the shell and now my launcher appears but when I select it nothing happens other than the cursor turning in the rotating wheel for few seconds. I cannot even get debug message as can't find how to startup the .destkop launcher from terminal. Can someone help me please?

EDIT / SOLUTION: Ok, sorry I've fond where the issue is:

Exec=env WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32ie7 wine 'C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore'

should be

Exec=env WINEPREFIX=/home/luca/.wine32ie7 wine 'C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore'

as ~ seems only having a value in a terminal environment.

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    Please post your solution as a separate answer and accept it instead of editing it into the question. Also, you don't need the shebang line (#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open), I'm kind of surprised it works with it.
    – terdon
    Jun 9, 2014 at 19:10
  • @terdon - as was I.
    – slm
    Jun 10, 2014 at 6:56
  • I got the shebang line from a .desktop file automatically generated by wine while installing MS Office
    – lviggiani
    Jun 10, 2014 at 14:17

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Ok, I've fond where the issue is:

Exec=env WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32ie7 wine 'C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore'

should be

Exec=env WINEPREFIX=/home/luca/.wine32ie7 wine 'C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore'

as ~ seems only having a value in a terminal environment.

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