TheGatorade Jan 5, 2013 @ 11:13am
32bit Steam on Debian-based 64bit distros
Hi everyone! I found a way to install Steam for Linux on 64 bit (amd64) builds!
I tested this on Linux Mint Debian Edition 64 bit (Cinnamon DE) and it works.
To install it, first check you have installed the dependencies it needs, then you have to use this command:
sudo dpkg -i --force-all steam_lastest.deb

When you'll run it the first time it will probably give errors because non-satisfacted dependencies. You have to manually install them.
I installed all the dependencies and dpkg was still giving problems so this was the only way I found.
Try it on your distro and see if it works.
Last edited by TheGatorade; Feb 7, 2013 @ 9:52am
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[Linux] timopm Jan 5, 2013 @ 11:22am 
I just had to doubleclick on Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit. No tricks involved.
TheGatorade Jan 5, 2013 @ 11:25am 
Originally posted by Linux timopm:
I just had to doubleclick on Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit. No tricks involved.
Using Gdebi?
[Linux] timopm Jan 5, 2013 @ 11:51am 
Originally posted by TheGatorade:
Originally posted by Linux timopm:
I just had to doubleclick on Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit. No tricks involved.
Using Gdebi?

Yup. Default is Software Center, but I never use it.
SigInt Jan 27, 2013 @ 10:53am 
thank you for submitting this anyway.
ner0tic Jan 31, 2013 @ 6:51pm 
Using the
force-all
flag steam installed on my 64bit #![crunchbanglinux.org] system.

My hiccup comes in when trying to run it:
→ steam &
/home/ner0tic/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam: error while loading shared libraries: libX11.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Installing bootstrap /home/ner0tic/.local/share/Steam/bootstrap.tar.xz
/home/ner0tic/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam: error while loading shared libraries: libX11.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
[1]+ Exit 127 steam
Which tells me I'm missing the libx11-6 library, but...
→ sudo apt-get install libx11-6
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
libx11-6 is already the newest version.
libx11-6 set to manually installed.
So its already installed, but manually apparently. So my assumption is that its installed to somewhere different than where Steam is looking.

So my questions:
Where does steam look for this lib?
Could this be solved by either adding it to my path or creating a symlink where Steam looks?

thanks
Last edited by ner0tic; Jan 31, 2013 @ 6:51pm
Anaconda256 Jan 31, 2013 @ 8:15pm 
Not if you are using a multiarch system. With multiarch you don't have to do anything
Olorin Feb 1, 2013 @ 12:11am 
Originally posted by ner0tic:
Using the
force-all
flag steam installed on my 64bit #![crunchbanglinux.org] system.

My hiccup comes in when trying to run it:
→ steam &
/home/ner0tic/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam: error while loading shared libraries: libX11.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Installing bootstrap /home/ner0tic/.local/share/Steam/bootstrap.tar.xz
/home/ner0tic/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam: error while loading shared libraries: libX11.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
[1]+ Exit 127 steam
Which tells me I'm missing the libx11-6 library, but...
→ sudo apt-get install libx11-6
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
libx11-6 is already the newest version.
libx11-6 set to manually installed.
So its already installed, but manually apparently. So my assumption is that its installed to somewhere different than where Steam is looking.

So my questions:
Where does steam look for this lib?
Could this be solved by either adding it to my path or creating a symlink where Steam looks?

thanks

You still need the 32 bit version of libX11.so.6. All the clues are in the text above.
ToTeX_Baked Feb 1, 2013 @ 1:40am 
This is NOT for all 64 distros. this is only for debian based distros as dpkg is the package manager of ONLY debian distros. so no. this method wont work for everyone. i think you should edit the title.
Junior s2 Camila Feb 1, 2013 @ 11:23am 
Originally posted by ToTeX_Baked:
This is NOT for all 64 distros. this is only for debian based distros as dpkg is the package manager of ONLY debian distros. so no. this method wont work for everyone. i think you should edit the title.
+1
TheGatorade Feb 7, 2013 @ 9:52am 
Originally posted by ToTeX_Baked:
This is NOT for all 64 distros. this is only for debian based distros as dpkg is the package manager of ONLY debian distros. so no. this method wont work for everyone. i think you should edit the title.
You're right.
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TameFlame Feb 16, 2013 @ 1:57pm 
Hey, I just got Linux Ubuntu! Unfortunately, I run on 64bit too. Of course I was eager to get Steam downloaded and installed, but whenever I tried installing the downloaded .deb file, I got "wrong architecture" stuff, and something about "i386". I tried your suggestion, but it didn't really get me anywhere. Then I read on the Ubuntu forums that I needed some bit32 libraries, but I couldn't locate the programs needed to open up the files they suggested I should download :/

Does anyone have enough Linux experience to help me out here? I've been wanting to try out Linux for a long time, but I spend most of my time on Steam games, so installing a system that couldn't run Steam just seemed foolish, before it became available to Linux users.
Junior s2 Camila Feb 16, 2013 @ 2:03pm 
Originally posted by TameFlame:
Hey, I just got Linux Ubuntu! Unfortunately, I run on 64bit too. Of course I was eager to get Steam downloaded and installed, but whenever I tried installing the downloaded .deb file, I got "wrong architecture" stuff, and something about "i386". I tried your suggestion, but it didn't really get me anywhere. Then I read on the Ubuntu forums that I needed some bit32 libraries, but I couldn't locate the programs needed to open up the files they suggested I should download :/

Does anyone have enough Linux experience to help me out here? I've been wanting to try out Linux for a long time, but I spend most of my time on Steam games, so installing a system that couldn't run Steam just seemed foolish, before it became available to Linux users.
What version of Ubuntu are you using?
blackout24 Feb 16, 2013 @ 2:09pm 
Originally posted by TameFlame:
Hey, I just got Linux Ubuntu! Unfortunately, I run on 64bit too. Of course I was eager to get Steam downloaded and installed, but whenever I tried installing the downloaded .deb file, I got "wrong architecture" stuff, and something about "i386". I tried your suggestion, but it didn't really get me anywhere. Then I read on the Ubuntu forums that I needed some bit32 libraries, but I couldn't locate the programs needed to open up the files they suggested I should download :/

Does anyone have enough Linux experience to help me out here? I've been wanting to try out Linux for a long time, but I spend most of my time on Steam games, so installing a system that couldn't run Steam just seemed foolish, before it became available to Linux users.

http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410/discussions/0/864959809718795052/
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