Running N1MM Logger+ on Linux

Publish date: Aug 12, 2021
Tags: linux windows n1mm

We need to talk again (an Update)

This is an update, the post was originally published on August 12th, 2021. Most of the content has been changed.

So in this update I would like to re-phrase and/or re-arrange this article to become something like a tutorial. I was thinking about making N1MM Logger+ my main logging application, but I’ll stick with CQRLOG for now.

But I still want a nice howto on how to install this tool on a linux computer. There we are and we should go right into this!

Some other articles that I researched and they might be interesting to you too:

Let’s install N1MM Logger+

on Manjaro Linux in a 32bit environment (wine).

Create a 32bit wine prefix (in winecfg: select Windows 7):

env WINEPREFIX=/home/dominic/.wine-n1mm WINEARCH=win32 wine wineboot
env WINEPREFIX=/home/dominic/.wine-n1mm WINEARCH=win32 wine winecfg

So there is a ~500MB windows in my home folder, I will back this fragile directory up into an archive:

tar -cJf wine-backup-n1mm-(date +%Y-%m-%d-%H%M%S).tar.xz .wine-n1mm/

Next on the list: .Net Framework 4.6:

env WINEPREFIX=/home/dominic/.wine-n1mm winetricks --force

Choose Select default wine prefix , choose Install Windows-DLL , select dotnet46 and hit OK

This brings up a few error messages – confirm them and move on. In the end we should see the .NET Framework 4.0 installation tool.

.NET Framework 4.0 Installation

Once the installation is finished, close the window and the installation of version 4.5 should start. After that select Restart Later and the installation of version 4.6 should start too.

.NET Framework 4.5 restart dialog

Select Restart Later again and you’re done with .NET.

If you like, you could just create another windows-backup archive in case something goes wrong at the next installations. It’s the same command as before, as it would create a timestamped filename anyway. My wine prefix .wine-n1mm now is ~1.2GB big.

tar -cJf wine-backup-n1mm-(date +%Y-%m-%d-%H%M%S).tar.xz .wine-n1mm/

This time it took about three times longer than the first time, FYI.

Now just download and run the Full-Installer and the Update-Installer files.

Navigate to DOWNLOADS » PROGRAM FILES » FULL INSTALL

Full Install Menu

Like above, but navigate to DOWNLOADS » PROGRAM FILES » LATEST UPDATE FILES

Update Menu

After moving into the directory where our installation files reside, we tell wine to start the installers:

cd Downloads/
env WINEPREFIX=/home/dominic/.wine-n1mm wine N1MM-Logger-FullInstaller-1.0.8954.exe

Unselect Finish and restart… and close the installer.

env WINEPREFIX=/home/dominic/.wine-n1mm wine N1MM-Logger-Update-1.0.9243.exe

Unselect Run N1MM Logger+… and close the installer.

Please not that those are examples, you need to start the files that you downloaded – they might differ in their version numbers. Also the declaration of the environment variable is used with the fish shell, for bash (maybe the default shell on most linuxes) you would just omit the env at the beginning.

Make sure to substitute the versions with what you have downloaded – you can find these files here:

You should now have new desktop icons and/or new menue entries (depends on your desktop environment).

Desktop icons

You can start the program with these icons or by hand. If you want to start them by hand from a terminal, you should prepend your command with the wine prefix that you installed it.

You’ll figure that out, the content of one of these desktop icons is:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=N1MM Logger+
Exec=env WINEPREFIX="/home/dominic/.wine-n1mm" wine C:\\\\windows\\\\command\\\\start.exe /Unix /home/dominic/.wine-n1mm/dosdevices/c:/users/Public/Desktop/N1MM\\ Logger+.lnk
Type=Application
StartupNotify=true
Path=/home/dominic/.wine-n1mm/dosdevices/c:/Program Files/N1MM Logger+/SkinsAndLayouts
Icon=88F7_N1MMLogger.net.0
StartupWMClass=n1mmlogger.net.exe

This would probably do the same:

env WINEPREFIX=/home/dominic/.wine-n1mm wine .wine-n1mm/drive_c/Program\ Files/N1MM\ Logger+/N1MMLogger.net.exe

Error message

You can click the big error message away, afterwards you get informed that AutoHotkey is not installed. Click that away too and you’re done for now. Setup your station details and move on with using N1MM Logger+ on linux.

There might be still bugs as those error messages at the installation of the .NET Framework didn’t came from nothing — for what I’ve seen so far the menues are a bit tricky to handle as they tend to disappear when hovering with the mouse. This might need a few tries to actually open the settings dialog for example.

Finally, there is a good result I think:

Example screenshot

Hopefully this article was helpful to somebody, as I have been sitting here now for a while doing all the exact steps from above to verify its validity — the reason for that was actually because I’ve seen that this specific article got read quite a few times and I personally found it a bit confusing myself ;-)

vy 73 de Dominic, OE7DRT (going to bed now)

Another update (Installation on Ubuntu 20.04)

I recently switched my laptop from Manjaro Linux back to Tuxedos originally installed Kubuntu 20.04. So let’s have a quick look at what I did in this newly created 32bit windows environment.

sudo apt-get install wine-stable
sudo apt-get install winetricks
sudo apt-get install exe-thumbnailer

export WINEPREFIX=/home/dominic/.wine-n1mm
export WINEARCH=win32

winetricks winxp
winetricks sound=alsa

winetricks -q dotnet46

# Because N1MM Logger+ does not like WinXP, I thought that would
# be a nice idea to switch over to Windows 7
winetricks win7

wine Downloads/N1MM-Logger-FullInstaller-1.0.8954.exe
wine Downloads/N1MM-Logger-Update-1.0.9275.exe

Start N1MM Logger+ from within your Application menue. There should be a new folder called
Wine » Programs » N1MM Logger+