Will Dec 8, 2012 @ 5:00am
Copying TF2 content from Windows to Linux
I already have TF2 installed on a Windows PC, and would like to also install it on my Linux box. Is it possible to copy the platform independent (data) portion of the content across between the two platforms to save another 12GB download?
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oneinfiniteloop Dec 8, 2012 @ 5:08am 
Yes, you just need to copy all GCFs for the game in your ~/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps directory, namely:
source materials.gcf
source models.gcf
source sounds.gcf
source 2007 shared materials.gcf
source 2007 shared models.gcf
source 2007 shared sounds.gcf
team fortress 2 content.gcf
team fortress 2 materials.gcf
team fortress 2 client content.gcf (althought I'm not sure you'll need one on Linux)
Last edited by oneinfiniteloop; Dec 8, 2012 @ 5:10am
ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ Dec 8, 2012 @ 5:37am 
FIle names in Linux are case sensitive. In Linux all these files start with a capital letter. For example, Team Fortress 2 Client Content.gcf.
Last edited by ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ; Dec 8, 2012 @ 5:37am
boot Dec 8, 2012 @ 6:09am 
Originally posted by A(II) Rh+:
FIle names in Linux are case sensitive. In Linux all these files start with a capital letter. For example, Team Fortress 2 Client Content.gcf.

Running fine here regardless of upper or lower case file names...
ydna Dec 8, 2012 @ 6:23am 
Originally posted by boot:
Running fine here regardless of upper or lower case file names...
That's odd. Linux is case sensitive and Steam looks for uppercased files. I copied my gcfs from my Mac and had to rename them in order for Steam to recognize them.
boot Dec 8, 2012 @ 6:28am 
Don't know, but this is what my folder looks like.
http://i.imgur.com/UKTVz.jpg
ydna Dec 8, 2012 @ 6:32am 
Well, I can only think your OS is an exception. Which is it?
boot Dec 8, 2012 @ 6:43am 
Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit
KDE 4.9.4
LINUX 3.6.3-030603-generic
Last edited by boot; Dec 8, 2012 @ 6:43am
Will Dec 17, 2012 @ 2:27pm 
Thanks! It is playing fine, with similar quality to the windows PC despite the lower end graphics card in the Linux box.
kononvaler Dec 19, 2012 @ 6:13am 
Today I'm copy 12gb Team Fortress 2 from one computer to another. I use for this backup/restore game dialog from steam agent interface.
paladyum Feb 17, 2013 @ 10:15am 
You do not need to "copy" the files
You can link it, so that the files are shared between linux and windows installations. you must mount windows partition every time before launching steam.

The command for linking a single file is as follows, you have to change it for each file.
Go also need to know your Steam Library directory. You can learn its path from Steam settings->download tab, button at the bottom.

ln -sf "/media/WRITE-YOUR-WINDOWS-DIR/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps/source models.gcf" "STEAM-LIBRARY-DIRECTORY/SteamApps/Source Models.gcf"
Jim Feb 24, 2013 @ 1:41pm 
I don't recommend linking unless you're really strapped for disk space. The performance of Linux NTFS drivers has always been rather poor next to "first class" file systems such as ext4.
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