Syrio Forel Jan 5, 2013 @ 5:08am
Alternate Install Location
I tried to install games in alternate locations as explained in http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/09/11/finally-an-in-built-way-to-choose-steam-install-locations/ , infact i didnt even have to do -dev to get the UI, but i am NOT getting the promised dropdown when installing the games. Is this a bug i should be reporting? Or is it a feature they havent got to yet?
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嘔吐 Jan 5, 2013 @ 5:51am 
As far as I know, changing the installation directory via the Steam client is not possible on Linux. I'm not sure whether it's a bug or not just implemented yet. You can, however, change it by symlinking it to another folder. There have been plenty of threads about this that contain specific instructions if you need them. Or you could just google it.
[Linux] Junior s2 Camila Jan 5, 2013 @ 6:29am 
Yes it's possible. Search this forum and you'll find how =)
Thisguy Jan 5, 2013 @ 10:01am 
You go to [Steam(menubar)>Settings>Downloads+Cloud>Steam Librrary Folders>Add Library Folder] to add and/or remove steam library folder.
Thisguy Jan 5, 2013 @ 10:02am 
The Steam library folder is where your games are stored. I also discovered that if you have steam running under wine, they can share a mutual library on a mutual hard drive partition.
bobebubab Jan 5, 2013 @ 12:18pm 
this link for windaws but not linux

but if you want alternate location create simlink default directory steam > alternate directory steam
Last edited by bobebubab; Jan 5, 2013 @ 12:18pm
Syrio Forel Jan 12, 2013 @ 1:19am 
@thisguy, I have tried that, however i cannot install in alternate library, and i cannot remove the default library either.

Symlink is an option. I tried to browse through to the location but the locations i found only contained a part of the data - like 1gb out of 10+ gb for Team fotress, I tried to move it to my 2nd library, but all that did was recreate the 1gb.. Let me try again.
gutigen o) Jan 12, 2013 @ 1:28am 
Originally posted by thisguy:
The Steam library folder is where your games are stored. I also discovered that if you have steam running under wine, they can share a mutual library on a mutual hard drive partition.

DO NOT MIX STEAM FOR LINUX FOLDERS WITH STEAM FOR WINDOWS!
Do that and you will cry a lot :)

Tho Steam under WINE can share folders with Steam under Windows, true.
averthen Feb 16, 2013 @ 4:48am 
Which directory should I move to different hdd?
After i moved /home/user/.local/share/Steam and ln -s when Steam start it ask "Couldn't find Steam conent, did you move it?". Clicked search and target moved or linked dir, but it's wrong. I don't know what exacly dir he mean.
Thisguy Feb 17, 2013 @ 7:41pm 
Originally posted by gutigen o) Linux:
Originally posted by thisguy:
The Steam library folder is where your games are stored. I also discovered that if you have steam running under wine, they can share a mutual library on a mutual hard drive partition.

DO NOT MIX STEAM FOR LINUX FOLDERS WITH STEAM FOR WINDOWS!
Do that and you will cry a lot :)

Tho Steam under WINE can share folders with Steam under Windows, true.

I wasn't mixing them. I just thought I'd throw that in because it was interesting.
suaveswerve Feb 17, 2013 @ 11:53pm 
Well I encountered problems with this recently, so hopefully I can help. IMO symlink is to tedious, and this function is inbuilt!

In ~/.local/share there should be a folder called steam (with a captial? I can't remember)
Decide where you want your new location to be.
NOTE: If you want to use an external harddrive, Fat32/NTFS don't work, because when you copy the steam folder, the steam.sh file will not be executable from those types of filesystems and Steam will give you an error.
If you have to format you harddrive as ext4 preferrably. If it won't let you copy files to the harddrive, follow these instruction: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1334840
The cut and paste the steam folder from ~/.local/share to where ever you want.
NOTE: Open your steam folder and right-click on the file named steam.sh. Click on the Permissions tab up the top and look at the check-box to see if the file is executable. If it is, continue, if it isn't check your filesystem type.
Start up steam and it'll give you two options; Reinstall and Search. Select search, then navigate through your folders until you find where your new location is. Press OK :)

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1. If you are using a harddrive, make sure it isn't Fat32/NTFS. If you have to backup your files and format it as ext4 (follow these instructions if it doesn't allow you to copy files to it after you format it: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1334840)
2. Navigate to ~/.local/share and cut (ctrl+x) the folder called steam.
3. Paste (ctrl+v) the folder in your new location.
NOTE: Open your steam folder and right-click on the file named steam.sh. Click on the Permissions tab up the top and look at the check-box to see if the file is executable. If it is, continue, if it isn't check your filesystem type.
4. Start up Steam
5. It will prompt you to either Reinstall or Search for the Steam folder
6. Click search and find the location of your steam folder
7. Press OK and have fun :3
Last edited by suaveswerve; Feb 17, 2013 @ 11:55pm
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