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xPhilippo 31 jan 2013 om 5:27nm
Steam beta on linux can't update (Issue solved)
Hi all

I wanted to install steam beta on my linuxOS but I had a problem, it couldn't update after install. It just stopped at 76.000kb and after 2 or 3 minutes update restart and stop at 76.000kb again...
This is the message "SteamUpdater: Error: Steam needs to be online to update. Please confirm your network connection and try again."

I just tested everything in my pc and I had no connection problems like mistakes at firewall configuration.

Then searching some forums and websites, I found this solution, it's just a weird DNS related issue.

After doing some digging in wireshark I found out that my DNS server was giving me two IP addresses for, and For some reason, for certain http requests the domain was always resolving to the latter. I found that I couldn't connect (not even ping) the .245 address, so I added the first IP (which I could connect to) to my /etc/hosts file for, and the steam client's update/downloader feature started working successfully.

I hope it can help You.
Best Regards.
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Redfruit 12 feb 2013 om 3:37nm 
I have a problem with updater.
I'm on Fedora 18 64bit

SteamUpdater: Error: Download of package (public_all) failed after 935 bytes (200).
SteamUpdater: Error: Steam needs to be online to update. Please confirm your network connection and try again.

I tried with wireshark to find something like you, but nothing solve my problem. I have put this
in my /etc/host
But I still get the same error.
gsteenss 26 apr 2013 om 8:48nm 
In case this helps others: I had the same problem as the first person described, did a DNS lookup (host then pinged both IPs, of which only one worked. added that one to /etc/hosts, restarted DNS cache. after that steam would update and started without problems. Thx for the tip.
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