Steam for Linux

Steam for Linux

EdJaws [Linux] Jun 21, 2014 @ 7:49am
Download the game again after I upgrade my disto?
I'm running XCOM on Mint KDE 13 Long Term Support and I'll soon upgrade to Mint KDE 17 LTS.

Will I have to download XCOM again or can I just copy over the directory /.local/share/Steam to my new install?

Will the Steam client recognize the folder if I add it manually?

Thanks
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f1r31c3r Jun 21, 2014 @ 8:07am 
Make a second partition for your /home directory and have it mount automatically in the /etc/fstab.
You can reinstall all you want then just do not format your /home partition.

Steam has a feature called backup steam content. This copies all relevant information into an archive file that you can later use to restore your local content.
Moving the steam client with its DRM is not advisable although it may work. you will still have to re-authenticate it as it detects you runing on a new install.
EdJaws [Linux] Jun 21, 2014 @ 9:35am 
Ideally not formatting /home would be the way to go but unfortunately I'll be using a new, larger hard drive when I move to Mint 17.

I did find "Backup and Restore Games..." in the Steam client so thanks for that.

I didn't plan on moving the Steam client but just reinstalling it on the upgraded disto so the plan is to restore the file I just backed up. Still wonder if I'll need new keys for the client with the fresh install but I guess I'll figure it out.

Thanks again.
Zyro Jun 25, 2014 @ 3:04am 
You can copy the game folders from your old to your new hard drive!
(With some precautions, you can even do that with the whole Linux installation if you like to.)
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