Team Fortress 2
nxxs[GER] Feb 15, 2013 @ 6:50am
cant choose install path for TF2 in linux
I cant install TF2 into an alternate directory from the home partition. But since i dont have the space to install it in /home/steam, i cant play. anyone else have this issue?
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Tim Timsen (Banned) Feb 15, 2013 @ 7:52am 
It's like that on Windows, too.
Increase the partition or get rid of Linux and wait until Tux becomes tradable.
Last edited by Tim Timsen; Feb 15, 2013 @ 7:53am
nxxs[GER] Feb 15, 2013 @ 8:49am 
i only use linux, and have for five years now. so no getting rid of that.
Grenshad Mar 5, 2013 @ 10:20am 
I've the same problem, system and home directory on SSD (small size) and big directories on HDD (large size), so can't install TF2 on home. Strange since Counter-Strike (and others games i guess) can be installed everywhere.
You need to learn how to use symbolic links (like shortcuts in Windows). Other sources can tell you how to mount another partition (typically under /media/, preferably a Linux type partition, like ext4). Then as long as "you" have rwx permission for that mounted location, you can add a symlink from where Steam expects to find its files to somewhere there.

Type "man ln" (w/o quotes, that is small L as in link) in a terminal to read about ln, or "man cp" to read about copying directories/files.

For example to put all of Steam on /media/somepartition/ that is properly mounted (preferably automounted or from /etc/fstab). Don't forget dot in .local:

cp -a ~/.local/share/Steam /media/somepartition
(once you are sure everything has been copied properly, then:)
rm -r ~/.local/share/Steam
ln -s /media/somepartition/Steam ~/.local/share/Steam

Or if you just want certain games on a different partition, you would need to look at what is in ~/.local/share/Steam/
Last edited by AnkleBiter [Linux]; Mar 5, 2013 @ 11:06am
nxxs[GER] Mar 5, 2013 @ 11:09am 
or just move ~/.local/share/Steam to a new folder on the bigger partition, start steam and when it asks for the resource files point it to them. as of that moment the standard directory is on the partition you moved the files to.

for efflandts suggestion to work properly you would have to give steam a whole physical partition on the drive.
Grenshad Mar 5, 2013 @ 11:15am 
Thanks for your reply. Good to write it here for all linux users to see and use it to bypass this TF2 bug.

For my case, I'm familiar with symlinks but not with Steam, I'm looking where to post bug to be seen by devs (Steam or TF2).

Edit : @nxxs[GER] : nice to know that too!
Last edited by Grenshad; Mar 5, 2013 @ 11:17am
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Date Posted: Feb 15, 2013 @ 6:50am
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