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Sid Icarus Dec 6, 2012 @ 7:12pm
Changing installation path?
How do i change the path where the game data will be stored? I dont have enough space on the partition containing /home but enough on a different drive.
Last edited by Sid Icarus; Dec 6, 2012 @ 7:13pm
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=EGC=Nazara Dec 6, 2012 @ 7:57pm 
I don't know how well it would work buuuut try this:

1) Move ~/steam to /path/with/lots/of/space/steam
2) Create a symlink with "ln -s /path/with/lots/of/space/steam /home/sidIcarus/Steam"
james.neko Dec 6, 2012 @ 8:15pm 
Go to Steam->Settings->Downloads & Cloud, there is a button labelled "Steam Library Folders", it will allow you to manage exactly where Steam stores app data.
dhasenan Dec 6, 2012 @ 8:20pm 
If you prefer doing it the manual way, you can symlink ~/.local/share/Steam to wherever you desire.
KingJ3144 Dec 6, 2012 @ 8:43pm 
I have gone to Steam->Settings->Downloads & Cloud and added a second folder, but it will not let me remove the original folder or mark the new folder as the default. So I cannot install games there.
MeanEYE Dec 6, 2012 @ 10:02pm 
Close Steam, move it anywhere you want, start Steam. Program will complain about being unable to find your library and ask for you to manually locate it.

Do note that you should (probably) move it to some drive that has file system which supports access rights, such as ext, btrfs and others. I am not sure how Steam executes game binaries, but I do know I had problems starting games from NTFS partitions.
scott_test123 Dec 6, 2012 @ 11:13pm 
MeanEYE's instructions detail how we support doing this.
Xolbix Dec 17, 2012 @ 3:48pm 
Originally posted by MeanEYE:
Close Steam, move it anywhere you want, start Steam. Program will complain about being unable to find your library and ask for you to manually locate it.

When you say move "it" what are you talking about? The Steam icon I have on my desktop, the file (/usr/bin/steam) or the steam.deb?
mr.polmac Dec 19, 2012 @ 2:45pm 
Anyway, it should work without the need to move it elsewhere. Steam->Settings->Downloads & Cloud and adding a second folder should be enough... but it seems it's not working properly.
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