Benguin Nov 20, 2012 @ 2:11am
Steam folder being in /home...
Does anyone else have an issue with this? It may be just me, butt, I really really hate when there are non-hidden things in there other than the standard Music, Pictures, ect folders... I mean, I'd prefer greatly if it was ~/.steam instead... I'm hoping this gets changed before it is out of beta.. Thoughts?

Edit: The following is an easy way to move the folder:
Originally posted by scott_test123:
The latest release has support for moving your Steam directory. No need for modifying your symlinks in ~/.steam, that is now done for you. Exit Steam, move your Steam directory to where you'd like, then run steam again. It'll prompt you, you tell it where you moved it, and then you're all set. Please give this a try.
Last edited by Benguin; Nov 20, 2012 @ 8:30pm
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joe Nov 20, 2012 @ 2:17am 
I would hope that you'll be able to choose the folder.
I think it's ok to put games somewhere in the users home as this is the biggest partition for many users and games are huge, but I want to be able to choose a sub folder.

EDIT:
You could try what happens if you overwrite $LAUNCHSTEAMDIR in the steam script in /usr/bin
EDIT2:
Seems to work.
(if you have ~/bin/ in your $PATH)
1.) cp /usr/bin/steam ~/bin
2.) edit ~/bin/steam and change LAUNCHSTEAMDIR=~/Steam to what you like
3.) set symlinks in ~/.steam/ to the new folder or delete them before running the script (I have not tested the latter, but it looks like it will set them according to $LAUNCHSTEAMDIR)
4.) run your modified steam script
Last edited by joe; Nov 20, 2012 @ 2:42am
Benguin Nov 20, 2012 @ 2:24am 
Oh, I agree it should be in the home folder, I just meant it should be hidden, like all the other programs' folders x3

...Man, I wonder how many people are using the same avatar as me, here..
Geogi Nov 20, 2012 @ 2:34am 
I agree w/ Benguin, the Steam folder should be hidden like all other user-specific app folders.
joe Nov 20, 2012 @ 2:45am 
I don't know why you are using my avatar :D

And check my updated post ^ up there ^
Last edited by joe; Nov 20, 2012 @ 2:46am
ThOR27 Nov 20, 2012 @ 4:15am 
I think that this need to improve even for windows machines. Game files should be shared between users, and specific user files should be private for each user. That way you don't have to download many times the same game (that sometimes is quite huge). I know that the flexibility you have in linux filesystems with a bit of work you could make this work, but I still think that should be a default behavior, and cross-platform also.
Chartax Nov 20, 2012 @ 4:20am 
Should definitely be .steam in the home with a global steamapps directory. I'm sure it should be possible with symlinks later on - a user reported a bug with TF2 while attempting this same thing, it would seem - but for now, it seems to work alright.
Last edited by Chartax; Nov 20, 2012 @ 4:21am
Ered Nov 20, 2012 @ 6:00am 
Originally posted by Chartax #ubuntu:
Should definitely be .steam in the home with a global steamapps directory. I'm sure it should be possible with symlinks later on - a user reported a bug with TF2 while attempting this same thing, it would seem - but for now, it seems to work alright.
I usually make a really small root partition and put the rest on /home, so putting steamapps in a global location (like /opt or somewhere else) wouldn't work well for me.
joe Nov 20, 2012 @ 6:03am 
Easier than what I wrote earlier, you could just move the steam folder and run the local steam.sh (like in windows).
SuperFastNinja Nov 20, 2012 @ 9:27am 
Agreed that it should be ~/.steam so it's hidden, not ~/Steam. There is nothing in that folder that a newbie would need to see, and advanced users are capable of finding a hidden folder if they need to change things. Making it hidden by default would cut down on people accidentally deleting/moving things and would reduce forum/support clutter.

In the meantime, I'm adding it to my ~/.hidden file, but that shouldn't be necessary.
Chartax Nov 20, 2012 @ 9:49am 
Originally posted by Ered:
Originally posted by Chartax #ubuntu:
Should definitely be .steam in the home with a global steamapps directory. I'm sure it should be possible with symlinks later on - a user reported a bug with TF2 while attempting this same thing, it would seem - but for now, it seems to work alright.
I usually make a really small root partition and put the rest on /home, so putting steamapps in a global location (like /opt or somewhere else) wouldn't work well for me.

What about a "Would you like your steam games to be available for all users?" option, with accompanying HDD usage checks? Would that work for most usage scenarios?
Barbarian Nov 20, 2012 @ 9:50am 
SuperFastNinja does make a rather compelling point, namely that newbies could potentially damage their steam install and there being nothing of value to non-power-users in there. I wouldn't be the biggest fan of it being in /opt, I'm quite happy to have it in my home folder, but it would be nicer if it was hidden.
Last edited by Barbarian; Nov 20, 2012 @ 9:51am
Matze Nov 20, 2012 @ 11:41am 
I agree. Desura also downloads to ~/.desura I don't want to see all this crap, too when searching for my documents.
hasufell Nov 20, 2012 @ 1:51pm 
A trivial solution was already posted. Either modify the install script or copy the "Steam" folder anywhere you like and fix the symlinks in ~/.steam
Benguin Nov 20, 2012 @ 6:20pm 
If the game content was shared between users, we'd need a way to stop them using the "delete game content" button..
scott_test123 Nov 20, 2012 @ 6:32pm 
The latest release has support for moving your Steam directory. No need for modifying your symlinks in ~/.steam, that is now done for you. Exit Steam, move your Steam directory to where you'd like, then run steam again. It'll prompt you, you tell it where you moved it, and then you're all set. Please give this a try.
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