Mr. Adam Jan 21, 2013 @ 4:15pm
Symlink Windows Installs to Ubuntu 12
I have some Linux games installed on my Windows partition, can someone give me a guide to symlinking them (such as TF2) into my Ubuntu Steam install as I'm running out of space!
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sounds like a wooosh Jan 21, 2013 @ 4:36pm 
Does drag & drop not offer this option? (using Kubuntu here)
Esophagus Now Jan 21, 2013 @ 4:58pm 
Symlink the entire sreamapps folder. The only thing I'm wondering is if the binaries are compatible. Maybe they will have had to modify the chache files in order to work with s4l?
gutigen o) Jan 22, 2013 @ 1:39am 
DO NOT USE SAME FOLDER FOR STEAM FOR LINUX AND STEAM FOR WINDOWS!
IT WILL BREAK YOUR STEAM/GAMES!

You can do that only if you are using Steam for Windows under WINE.
Mr. Adam Jan 22, 2013 @ 6:09am 
I'm sure I read somewhere a guy had done it between mac and windows. They also said that you symlink it and then verify the integrity and it downloads the necessary Linux files. Still a bad idea?
petran79 Feb 16, 2013 @ 5:52am 
so basically all Steam games have to be redownloaded again and there has to be one large folder for Windows and one for Ubuntu. Unless someone has a lot of space it wouldnt be convenient to use both.

ThOR27 Feb 16, 2013 @ 7:21am 
I don't know what happens if you symlink, but I think some people that tried this had problems with execution bit (+x).

to make a symlink is pretty simple, just do a:
ln -s /path/to/your/windows/Steam /path/to/your/linux/steam

your windows folder is probably /media/windows or /media/your_partition_label

But I think you will need to search around how to make your NTFS partition have a "execution bit" for default in all files.

To do that you have to discover what UUID is your patition, open a terminal (CTRL+ALT+T):
blkid

Search for your ntfs partition and look what UUID it has, than type this:
sudo gedit /etc/fstab

Search for the UUID of your NTFS partition and add exec to it, it may look something like that:
UUID=12102C02102CEB83 /media/windows ntfs-3g auto,users,exec 0 0

Close and save it. Now umont and mount your windows partition again to the changes take effect. (a reboot will probably work also)

Don't know if this will break anything, but you will probably need to check integrity at least to download missing files.

It could break things, I never did that, so you are in your own! Share your experience if you manage to do that
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