TheBombOCat Nov 7, 2012 @ 8:51am
[BUG] Can't install games to other folders/libraries
Well, I have almost no free space on my /home, so I would like to install my games into a different directory. But there is a problem: when I added my partition for games and other stuff, Steam just doesn't see it. Nope, I can add it as another Steam library, but there is no drop-down menu to select the location of the game.

Any ideas?

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apocalyptech Nov 7, 2012 @ 8:59am 
It's hardly an official solution, but you could always exit Steam, move the ~/Steam folder elsewhere, and then symlink it. A la:

$ mv ~/Steam /media/Media\ and\ Games/Games/Steam
$ ln -s /media/Media\ and\ Games/Games/Steam .

Then all of Steam is contained inside the partition you want. I've got mine symlinked into /usr/local/games at the moment, which is where the rest of my gaming stuff is.
[Linux] MJ Nov 7, 2012 @ 9:27am 
is /usr/local/games writable by your user? o.0
Norak Nov 22, 2012 @ 1:20am 
I've encountered the exact same problem.
Symlink is of course a workaround, but not a very user friendly one. ;)
Kamikaze Nov 22, 2012 @ 4:03am 
Using a symlink here too.
It would be great if they would allow you to add the Windows or Mac steam library too, though I don't have high hopes of this being implemented.
Has anyone symlinked some of their Windows games in their Windows Steam library from their Linux SteamApps directory? Wondering if it would work nicely for some of the larger games like TF2 or if it tries to re-validate files every time you change OS?
joe Nov 22, 2012 @ 4:09am 
mv ~/Steam /new/path/to/steam
/new/path/to/steam/steam.sh
that sets the necessary symlinks in ~/.steam so that it works. Others say you can just move it and run steam as usual and it will ask you for the new location, but I have not tested it.
Kamikaze Nov 22, 2012 @ 4:24am 
I actually just hit a bug just then that people are saying is related to having a symlinked SteamApps directory:
Trying to run TF2 after it finally downloaded the whole thing and the crashing line is:
Error: Material "fullscreenvideomaterial" uses unknown shader "Bik"
A bit of googling took my back to some discussions in steamcommunity saying that this seems to be related to symlinked paths... seems a bit strange:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410/discussions/0/882966056542788041/
Anyway I might look into it a bit more tomorrow.
RussianNeuroMancer Nov 29, 2012 @ 4:50pm 
Unfortunately, this bug is still present, even with latest update.
Gnugs Nov 29, 2012 @ 5:54pm 
Drat. I just realized that the default disk isn't big enough for tf2 but I have another drive with plenty of space...
TritonX Nov 30, 2012 @ 4:22am 
Close steam ,move your steam directory then upon restart steam will ask you where did you relocate it. Simple as that.
Last edited by TritonX; Nov 30, 2012 @ 4:22am
TheBombOCat Nov 30, 2012 @ 8:50am 
Originally posted by TritonX:
Close steam ,move your steam directory then upon restart steam will ask you where did you relocate it. Simple as that.
It says
Please pick a valid Steam content directory
whatever directory I pick, even the valid one.
TheBombOCat Nov 30, 2012 @ 9:45am 
Well, I solved the problem. You can't do that ls/mv trick if the filesystem is different between your /home and new location. Obviously mine «Media and Games» is Windows-partition, formatted with NTFS, when my Ubuntu installation is ext4. I solved it by linking it to /host, which has 230GB of space (I installed Ubuntu from WUBI).

If you did the same, and got this problem, hope, it helps! :)
maxxedout Dec 9, 2012 @ 3:45pm 
Just confirming that I've also encountered this issue. I could work around it by symlinking the standard SteamApps folder to my external hard drive, but I figure I should avoid that until the last minute and help troubleshoot any bugfixes.
Levan Dec 9, 2012 @ 3:53pm 
same issue really needs to get fixed, I tied adding steam library folder in EXT4/EXT3/NTFS/FAT partitions but could not select any of them in game download menu
Last edited by Levan; Dec 9, 2012 @ 4:03pm
mr.polmac Dec 10, 2012 @ 11:58am 
I've got the same problem. I know I can make a symlink but this is annoying.
iamgame Dec 11, 2012 @ 7:37am 
Originally posted by joe:
mv ~/Steam /new/path/to/steam
/new/path/to/steam/steam.sh
that sets the necessary symlinks in ~/.steam so that it works. Others say you can just move it and run steam as usual and it will ask you for the new location, but I have not tested it.

That worked for me. Thanks.
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