M3t0r Dec 12, 2012 @ 2:13pm
Feature Request: Portability Improvements
since you're working on the legal stuff to allow distro-packagers to update steam (kudos for that) i'd like to suggest a collection of modiefiable scripts that steam calls to get prefered directorys or install special dependencies.

much like
$ steam-helper path default-game-repository
/var/steam
or
$ steam-helper install openal
and the distributer translates "openal" to the appropiate package name

would help to get rid of the ~/Steam dir...
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Thaodan Dec 13, 2012 @ 1:58pm 
They can use PackageKit for this every distrubtion suppots it and it wrappers the different packagemanagers.
M3t0r Dec 13, 2012 @ 2:04pm 
not every does, maybe every major distro, but it is allways an extra package you don't need necessarily need
Tele42 Dec 13, 2012 @ 2:08pm 
This request is compatible with the ideas put forward with Feature Request: Generic Dependency Catcher, it calls for an interface that allows for the community to write an adaptor for thier own distros and potentially could be used both proactively and retroactively.

Edit: Also, the ~/Steam folder's default location has changed to ~/.local/share/Steam, and since it is the game repository, it will never be going away completely. I think that Valve is still receptive to where the proper location of the game repository should be put, but the benefits of the new location needs to be clearly explained over the current layout.
Last edited by Tele42; Dec 13, 2012 @ 2:18pm
M3t0r Dec 15, 2012 @ 9:01am 
it's hidden and doesn't clutter YOUR home folder.
but anything you have in /home/*/* has to be installed for every user on your machine. okay, most systems are 1-user systems, but i, for one, share my pc with my younger brother so he can play some portal. i don't like downloading and installing it twice. steam is already keeping the archives of the game and the game itself on your harddrive (twice the space). if you have to do that for every user you end up using a large multiple of the minimum space you realy need (for 2 user 4x the space).
Thaodan Dec 15, 2012 @ 1:24pm 
Originally posted by M3t0r#lululul:
not every does, maybe every major distro, but it is allways an extra package you don't need necessarily need
PackageKIt has support for every package manager and its easy-er to than every other solution that is not distrubtion specific.
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