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Running Steam in Ubuntu 16.04 (64-bit)


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Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:00:00 +1000

Recently I tried to re-activate Steam in Ubuntu 16.04 ... And ran into several difficulties.

You'll find quite a bit about this online but some of it is confusing.

I took the approach of completely purging Steam and re-installing but it still did not work.

The problem is due to the old libraries that ship with Steam and that are downloaded as part of the first update.

Here is how I removed them.

    sudo apt-get purge steam
    # FOR EACH USER (yes it's a pain in the ***)
    rm -Rf $HOME/.steam/ $HOME/.steampath $HOME/.steampid
    # Start steam and wait for the updates to finish
    cd $HOME/.steam
    find . -type f -name 'libstdc++*' -exec rm {} \;
    find . -type f -name 'libgcc_s*' -exec rm {} \;
    # Start steam again ... If you have been trying to fix this problem
    # several times and have only just found this website ... You may have
    # to wait a few minutes for updates once again..

I don't have any data on whether this would have worked if I had tried to do it before purging and re-installing steam. ... So if you want to keep everything in your .steam folder (i.e. you don't want to lose all of your game data etc) ... Then it might be possible that simply removing the obsolete libraries will fix it ... It's worth a shot (back them up first).


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