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Family Historian installation using Wine

Postby gmport » Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:58 pm

Hi all,

I have been using Linux in various forms for quite a few years but have only just managed to forsake Windows completely very recently. I am new to Wine but have managed to get Family Historian V3.1.2 running.

First installed was version 2.0.7 followed by v3.1.1 upgrade and then v3.1.2 upgrade, unfortunately, I can't install the v4.0.2 upgrade. When trying to do so, right clicking on the file, selecting “Open with” then “Wine Windows Program Loader” there are a couple of seconds of disc activity then nothing happens.

I have tried posting on the Wine forum but with no luck. I now think it may be a Mint rather than a Wine problem.

A terminal output while trying to install v4.0.2 update reveals:
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~ $ wine control
p11-kit: couldn't load module: /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/pkcs11/ /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/pkcs11/ cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
fixme:ole:RemUnknown_QueryInterface No interface for iid {00000019-0000-0000-c000-000000000046}
fixme:msg:ChangeWindowMessageFilter c057 00000001
fixme:win:DisableProcessWindowsGhosting : stub
err:seh:setup_exception_record stack overflow 1568 bytes in thread 002c eip 7bc40c18 esp 00240d10 stack 0x240000-0x241000-0x340000

If anyone can help I will be most grateful.

I am using Wine 1.6 with Linux Mint 15 cinnamon 64bit on an HP laptop.

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Postby nelz » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:38 pm

Looking it up in the Wine AppDB shows that error and a link to the fix. ... &iId=12231
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Postby gmport » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:19 pm

Thank you nelz,

I had seen the fix before, but it involves the installation of a version 4 demo disc, installing it onto Windows and copying files and registry entries to Linux. Unfortunately, although the demo disc is still available, the installation key is not. I must admit I don't know if the disc will install without the key. The Family Historian website is a little vague on the matter. They say:

"This installation program is only for use by customers who already have a key for the version 4 trial (download) version, but no longer have a copy of the installation program."

The key may be only necessary for permanent version 4 use?

It's probably worth giving it a go so I'll download and try it.

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Postby johnhudson » Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:14 pm

According to the Family Historian website, it supports GEDCOM. So it may be worth trying to export your data in GEDCOM and seeing if GRAMPS will import it.

GRAMPS supports ANSEL GEDCOM and there is information on its wiki about converting to and from other variants of GEDCOM.

Unless you take an instant dislike to GRAMPS this may be a better long term option.
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Postby gmport » Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:33 am

Thanks suggesting Gramps.

I spent all day yesterday (I'm retired) testing it and importing my files. At first I was very impressed but by the end of the day I was missing some of the features in Family Historian... even in version 3.1.2.

I will keep an eye on Gramps for the future, but for now I'm sticking to Wine and FH.

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Postby gmport » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:27 pm

I am now in a position to answer my own question. When I asked the question, I had Wine version 1.6 installed. Since then, Wine updated itself to 1.7 and now Family Historian 4.0.2 update installs perfectly.

Thank you all for your advice.
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