hiryu Dec 14, 2012 @ 10:57pm
perpetual updating
Maybe there's an easy fix to this so I won't post this as an issue (not yet anyway).

Every since an update, I don't remember when but possibly late November, I can't use steam on my desktop anymore. It keeps trying to update. It will 1st download an update, and then it will keep trying to extract it. It says it failed at something, but it's too fast for me to figure out the whole message.

If I hit the cancel button while it's trying to extract, it either goes on and downloads another update (of differing size) and repeats the same thing or it just quits.

I've tried uninstall steam and removing all steam related directories/files (except icons) from my home directory, and then trying again to no avail. Interestingly, I don't have these problems on my laptop, steam Just Works there.

Just keep in mind that steam formerly worked on this exact same box/install.

I tried downloading the latest steam deb, but still no luck. Here's some of the messages I see on the console:

steam
ILocalize::AddFile() failed to load file "public/steambootstrapper_english.txt".
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
ILocalize::AddFile() failed to load file "public/steambootstrapper_english.txt".
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
SteamUpdater: Error: Failed to unzip package (/home/username/.local/share/Steam/package/resources_all.zip.363599fd9b416988a0e6e7dfb466fdb5111ab7c3)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
ILocalize::AddFile() failed to load file "public/steambootstrapper_english.txt".
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
ILocalize::AddFile() failed to load file "public/steambootstrapper_english.txt".
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
ILocalize::AddFile() failed to load file "public/steambootstrapper_english.txt".
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
SteamUpdater: Error: Failed to unzip package (/home/username/.local/share/Steam/package/tenfoot_sounds_all.zip.e8cce9ed600fc09e4a3f510fc3595d515bba6cd6)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1355250651_client)
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Ben Feb 14, 2013 @ 5:58pm 
Hmmm...for me it says "Updating steam..." on top side and on bottom it says "Extracting package..."
hiryu Feb 15, 2013 @ 11:20am 
I haven't had this problem for quite a while now. I reinstalled (for unrelated reasons) and it started working. Whether the reinstall fixed it or a coincidentally time patch, I can't say.

Interestingly, every time I reinstall (including this time), I do not format my /home partition, and as far as I can tell, steam puts most everything in your $HOME. So either there was something on my system that steam didn't like or or it was a well timed patch. It *probably*
wasn't a configuration issue, as I make the same configuration changes to the system every time I reinstall.

Can you start steam from a terminal and see what messages you get?
kimBo Feb 15, 2013 @ 11:50am 
I have exactly the same trouble with Steam in wine since yesterday update... I can't resolve this :(
Revy Feb 15, 2013 @ 7:06pm 
I have this exact same problem. I'm running Ubuntu v12.10 on my 64-bit Windows 7-based PC, which I know is probably the worst combination you can have for this kind of thing (:P), but nonetheless, I managed to get Steam working for a while. Today, however, it did a complete 180 and spewed up the same error described in the OP. I have purged Steam from my system using the terminal, although I have no idea how I can get it to work after that.
slowbRo. Mar 4, 2013 @ 3:38pm 
I'm having the exact same problem as Ben, it keeps updating forever and never gets to the steam client.
Tokisaki Kurumi Apr 27, 2013 @ 8:36pm 
Originally posted by Ben:
Hmmm...for me it says "Updating steam..." on top side and on bottom it says "Extracting package..."
My friend got the same problem, the only solution was really really simple to us, it was to run the steam in "Administrator mode". Hope it helps somebody else. Good luck.
hiryu Apr 28, 2013 @ 11:29am 
Originally posted by sNi-Lao:
Originally posted by Ben:
Hmmm...for me it says "Updating steam..." on top side and on bottom it says "Extracting package..."
My friend got the same problem, the only solution was really really simple to us, it was to run the steam in "Administrator mode". Hope it helps somebody else. Good luck.

That doesn't really "fix" it. The issue is that there's something in your user's configuration, so running it as a nother user gets around that. I'm fairly sure that it's not because steam needs admin access. Running steam with admin access is a security risk. In fact, running software in general as admin (root) is a risk (so it's not a steam specific thing).

So try creating another user account on the system and trying it from there. If it still fails from a fresh account, then there's an issue with steam on some boxes where it does need root. If it works, then it's something that steam occasionally finds in a user's configuration that causes the issue. I haven't figured out what yet, but then the issue went away from me and has never come back.

MindSteal May 3, 2013 @ 12:01am 
I found that this solved my problem:

ln -s ~/.local/share/Steam ~/.local/share/Steam/package/tmp

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