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Sreaching files
Elder Mendes
Elder Mendes
Posted 2015-06-16 00:59
Hello I'm a video game modder and one thing I have been having trouble with is finding a way to browse files. I have not found an easy way to do that with game on crossover and wonder if their is a way to do so simply?
J-P Simard
J-P Simard Omniscient Mystical Exalted Nigh-invincible Supreme Raging Atomic Dragon Turbo Chief Senior Advocate, Rank 4
Posted 2015-06-16 06:29
There are a couple of things you can consider, some of it, oddly, is in the manual.

for instance, in chapter 7 of the manual which you can find here, there is a button which is clearly marked "open c: drive". So that should get you closer to the files.

What isn't in the manual, is that you should consider using a symbolic link. Lets make a few assumptions for this example.

1- Lets assume that you would like your mods in /home/elder/mods

2- Lets assume that your game mods are in /home/elder/.cxoffice/bottle_name/drive_c/Program Files/a_game/mods (notice the dot before cxoffice)


1- Move your files over to /home/elder/mods

2- Remove the old game mode directory

After, what you would do in a terminal is:

ln -s /home/elder/.cxoffice/bottle_name/drive_c/Program\ Files/a_game/mods /home/elder/mods

A couple of things about the line above:

1- Notice the \ character right after "Program" it's an escape character to use the space right after it. Unix system, like Linux, doesn't allow such stupidity, so you have to use \ to use a space in a file or folder name. Pressing TAB after having typed the first few letters of "Program" should auto-complete the name properly without you having to remember this.

2- There is a space between the two paths, right after the first "mods". In other words, your write [origin path] space [destination path]

3- After this, anything put in the mod folder for your game will actually appear in your /home/mods folder.

4- You could also do this with sub-directories within the mods folder so as to separate your game files per game.

5- Typing "man ln" in the terminal will give the manual in terminal to finish off your education on the matter of symbolic links.

So yeah, RTFM has a foundation of truth, but I do believe in a more thorough explanation as well.
Elder Mendes
Elder Mendes
Posted 2015-06-16 22:48
None of what is in the manual shows at all. When I click "See all windows applications" all that shows is just a list of bottles and short cuts as well as what I can only guess is some kind of path but not very helpful. I am using a trail version of this but if that is the case this is very unhelpful if I can't use it to it's full how can I know if it is what I need to do what I need it to do.
J-P Simard
J-P Simard Omniscient Mystical Exalted Nigh-invincible Supreme Raging Atomic Dragon Turbo Chief Senior Advocate, Rank 4
Posted 2015-06-17 06:08
If you're on a Linux machine, with the Linux version of Crossover, which I assumed was the case since you're on the Linux forum, you can browse the bottle's  files as specified. I don't know what more I could say.

In fact, your comment makes me ask, are you on Mac? Since there is no "See all windows applications" button or menu in the Linux version of Crossover, I'm thinking you posted in the wrong forum. Because you're on the Linux forums, not Mac. This would also explain why I sent you to read the Linux version manual, and that "None of what is in the manual shows at all". Since the interface is different between Linux and Mac, you wouldn't find the Linux manual very useful.

In this case you would have to read the Mac version's manual.

To do the equivalent in mac you would have to use the "bottle action menu" to "open the c: drive" and be able to browse the files. The Link above is just the right page.

EDIT: There's a bunch of tutorials here:
and video tutorials here:

And the stuff about symbolic links basically applies to Mac as well. Symbolic links are a very useful feature of all unix-like OS.
Elder Mendes
Elder Mendes
Posted 2015-06-17 13:48
Okay let me put another way. When I pay for the full version will  it have the feature the manual calms it has because at this point if not then I will have to look else where.
Josh DuBois
Josh DuBois  Staff Member
Posted 2015-06-17 13:52
The functionality you have during your trial is identical to what you will get after you have registered.  The only difference registration makes is that it prevents the software from ceasing to work after the trial period is over.  

Like JP says, though, there should be a way to accomplish what you want.  Can you attach a screenshot of the window you are having trouble with?  We think we have a way for you to browse files.  Maybe it's a misunderstanding about what you are actually trying to do.
J-P Simard
J-P Simard Omniscient Mystical Exalted Nigh-invincible Supreme Raging Atomic Dragon Turbo Chief Senior Advocate, Rank 4
Posted 2015-06-17 15:01
There has to be a misunderstanding, because the manual has never been so off that nothing in it shows. And, as a user, I can for sure say that both the trial and the manual are complete, and the manual itself pretty thorough.
William Overstreet
William Overstreet
Posted 2015-06-18 10:28
Lets just get some basic information so we can figure out how to help you from there.

What OS are we installing on?
 OSX?  Linux?  Solaris?

If Linux, any particular distribution & release?

How was crossover installed?
 rpm?  deb?  zip?

What version of crossover was installed?
J-P Simard
J-P Simard Omniscient Mystical Exalted Nigh-invincible Supreme Raging Atomic Dragon Turbo Chief Senior Advocate, Rank 4
Posted 2015-06-18 10:40
I'm pretty sure that he's a Mac guy that got lost on Linux forums, hence the "Nothing in the manual shows" bit. I'm guessing he's just didn't see the word Linux as he was posting...

In any case...

Nothing of what he asks should be distro specific, nor would anything have to change because of how CX was installed. Browsing to the files shouldn't be a mystery to anyone that actually reads the manual at the pages I have specified. I didn't just say RTFM, I actually pointed to the specific page. The only way this should be such a problem is that he's on a Mac, and didn't realize he was asking help for the Linux version.

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