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page Dec 17, 2012 @ 11:51am
Report: steam on nixos
Here goes a quite long report on running Steam on nixos[]. This distribution is a bit particular since it doesn't have either /bin/bash, nor in the standard path. As a first approach, however, I simlinked both to their standard places and managed to install and run steam and some games.

First of all, my system's info is here[]. I run awesome as window manager.

And now for the report:

  • bug installing steam: there is only one issue which I have not seen mentioned in the forums. If the Desktop folder does not exist, then the 'cp steam.desktop ~/Desktop' copies the file with Desktop as destination name. There is a missing 'mkdir ~/Desktop' in the script that does the installation.
  • menus not working: reported here
  • windows don't close: reported here
  • flash support: reported here. It would be nice if the path could be somehow specified.

  • Braid, LIMBO and Psychonauts don't install: many reports in the forums
  • Aquaria: I get a black screen on start. If I switch to a terminal and then switch back to X i sometimes get proper output. I have no clue what's wrong. Audio is ok
  • Osmos: missing libGLU and libvorbisfile reported partially here. With both in the LD_LIBRARY_PATH, it works perfectly.
  • TF2: segfaults on start. backtrace here[]. I did not manage to find another post with the same issue as mine.
  • Superbrothers S&S EP: missing libcurl and libGLU. reported here. With both in the lib path, it works perfectly.
  • World of Goo: segfaults if run with alsa. backtrace here[]. If I switch to pulseaudio, it starts and runs fine, but with no sound. I checked some of the other running games with pulseaudio and audio was ok.

I think that's all for now. Thanks for bringing Steam to linux and I hope I we can start playing L4D2 some time soon :)
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page Dec 17, 2012 @ 11:55am 
I forgot to confirm also that libSDL is missing from World of Goo deps, reported here
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