Linux Installation Notes

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On Linux, Wing can be installed from RPM, Debian package, or from tar archive. Use the latter if you do not have root access on your machine or wish to install Wing somewhere other than /usr/lib/wingpro7. Only 64-bit Linux is supported, although in Wing Pro remote development can be used to develop on a 32-bit host.

The instructions here are for Wing Pro. The package naming for Wing Personal is instead wing-personal6 and for Wing 101 it is wing-101-6.

Installing Wingware's Public Key

Some systems will complain when you try to install Wing without first installing our public key into your key repository. The key is available here. Copy and paste the key into a file wingware.pub and then use the following to import the key.

For RPM systems:

sudo rpm --import wingware.pub

For Debian systems:

sudo apt-key add wingware.pub

An alternative is just to bypass the key check with --nogpg command line option for rpm, --nogpgcheck for yum, and --no-debsig for dpkg.

Installing from RPM

Wing can be installed from an RPM package on RPM-based systems, such as RedHat and Mandriva. To install, run rpm -i wingpro7-7.1.0.0.x86_64.rpm as root or use your favorite RPM administration tool. Most files for Wing are placed under the /usr/lib/wingpro7 directory and the wing7.1 command is placed in the /usr/bin directory.

Installing from Debian package

Wing can be installed from a Debian package on Debian, Ubuntu, and other Debian-based systems.

To install, run dpkg -i wingpro7_7.1.0.0_amd64.deb as root or use your favorite package administration tool. Most files for Wing are placed under the /usr/lib/wingpro7 directory and the wing7.1 command is placed in the /usr/bin directory.

It may be necessary to install some dependencies before the installation will complete, as requested by dpkg. The easiest way to do this is sudo apt-get -f install -- this installs the missing dependencies and completes the configuration step for Wing's package.

Installing from Tar Archive

Wing may also be installed from a tar archive. This can be used on systems that do not use RPM or Debian packages, or if you wish to install Wing into a directory other than /usr/lib/wingpro7. Unpacking this archive with tar -zxvf wingpro-7.1.0.0-linux-x64.tar.gz will create a wingpro-7.1.0.0-linux-x64 directory that contains the wing-install.py script.

Running the wing-install.py script will prompt for the location to install Wing, and the location in which to place the executable wing7.1. These locations default to /usr/local/lib/wingpro and /usr/local/bin, respectively. The install program must have read/write access to both of these directories, and all users running Wing must have read access to both.

Installing from the Snapcraft Store

Wing Pro, Wing Personal, and Wing 101 are also available through the Snapcraft Store. Assuming you have snap on your system, you can install Wing as follows:

sudo snap install wing-101-7 --classic

For Wing Personal install wing-personal7 instead, and for Wing 101 install wing-101-7.

Notice that you must specify the --classic option for snap to indicate that you understand Wing uses an unrestricted application confinement model, which is necessary so that it can work with files on your local disk and start sub-processes for debugging, testing, and other IDE operations.

Configuring Wing for High DPI Displays

Wing's UI is implemented with the Qt toolkit, which includes support for high DPI displays, but the support varies depending on the desktop environment in use:

On KDE, as of early 2019, Wing should display correctly.

On Gnome, as of early 2019, Wing may suggest an interface scale factor based on the size of a character on the primary display.

If Wing is not displaying correctly, the user interface may be scaled manually. To scale icons, windows, and other elements other than fonts, use the User Interface > Other > Icon and Window Scale Factor preference. To scale the entire UI, including fonts, use Presentation Mode in the common configuration menu, which is accessed from the menu icon in the top right of Wing's window.

The QT_* environment variables described at https://doc.qt.io/qt-5/highdpi.html may also be used to scale Wing's display.