Ristun Feb 10 @ 1:48pm
Steam requires that '/Applications/Steam.app/Contents/MacOS' be on a case-insensetive filesystem.
Everytime I launch Steam on my Mac OSX Lion I get this error message that I have to click "Okay" to 3 times every time I launch Steam:

Steam requires that '/Applications/Steam.app/Contents/MacOS' be on a case-insensetive filesystem.
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bondpat Feb 10 @ 3:19pm 
Systems specs? Are you launching steam from an external?
Mozart Feb 10 @ 4:50pm 
Most obvious question: Is your file system case sensitive?
Last edited by Mozart; Feb 10 @ 4:51pm
Ron Feb 11 @ 2:32pm 
When you format the drive you are trying to install to: make sure you use Journaled "case insensitive" format option. It's the standard, the others are extended options.
cookypuss Feb 11 @ 5:09pm 
I'm sure I'm over simplifying but if they can do it on Linux why not Mac?
I'd prefer to use a case sensitive filesystem wherever/whenever possible.
henryg Feb 11 @ 5:30pm 
We did the work to support case-sensitive filesystems for Linux, yes. Unfortunately many of the non-Valve Mac games (most?) still don't work on case-sensitive filesystems, and furthermore, they don't perform any startup checks on their own. They rely on the fact that Steam won't ever install them to case-sensitive partitions, and that the user folder for saved games is also case-insensitive.

Very, very few Mac users use a case-sensitive primary file system, and Apple has historically recommended against it, so "solving" the problem of app-by-app compatibility testing is not very high on our priority list.

By the way, many third-party Mac apps do not function properly on case-sensitive primary drives; this is not in any way limited to Steam or video games.
Ristun Feb 12 @ 10:21am 
All I know is that I just made a dock shortcut on my mac and ever since then when I click on it I get that message.
henryg Feb 12 @ 1:02pm 
Does Steam still launch afterwards? Do you still get the same issue if you browse to your Applications folder and run Steam from there? I haven't heard of a problem like this before.
Ristun Feb 12 @ 2:07pm 
Originally posted by henryg:
Does Steam still launch afterwards? Do you still get the same issue if you browse to your Applications folder and run Steam from there?
I have to click "OK" 2 to 3 times and it still launches the client, but that message is annoying. And yes, it still does say that even if I launch it from the applications folder or even launchpad
Ristun Feb 12 @ 2:10pm 
If you guys could please speak in more simpler terms that I could better understand. I am not exactly a computer geek or anything. I am not sure what the external HD is, and i don't know what you guys mean by "formatting" stuff to drives. I need you to explain it to me as if you were explaining it to a dumbass, cuz I want to make sure I get this fixed correctly. Sorry if I am asking too much or if that sounded aggresive.
henryg Feb 12 @ 5:55pm 
Ristun™, Most of the time this error only comes up when an expert user has intentionally reconfigured their hard drive in a way that is non-standard for OS X, so people may see it and try to throw a lot of jargon at you. I don't know what is going on yet, but this is a very unusual case. I will try to reply later with some ideas after I do a bit more research over here.
henryg Feb 12 @ 6:05pm 
Did you get this computer second-hand, or is there another primary user of the computer? So far, it seems that the most likely case is that a previous owner changed the configuration of the hard drive in a way that is not compatible with Steam. I'd like to verify this.

If you could please run the Terminal application and paste the following text into it, and then press Enter:

diskutil info / ; diskutil list /

This will generate some text output. If you could scroll up and select all of that text, and then copy-paste it into a post here in this thread, that would help me figure out if the problem is with Steam or with your computer. Thanks.
Ristun Feb 13 @ 9:54am 
Originally posted by henryg:
If you could please run the Terminal application and paste the following text into it, and then press Enter:

diskutil info / ; diskutil list /

This will generate some text output. If you could scroll up and select all of that text, and then copy-paste it into a post here in this thread, that would help me figure out if the problem is with Steam or with your computer. Thanks.
Ok, here's what I got:

Device Identifier: disk0s2
Device Node: /dev/disk0s2
Part of Whole: disk0
Device / Media Name: Untitled

Volume Name: Untitled
Escaped with Unicode: Untitled

Mounted: Yes
Mount Point: /
Escaped with Unicode: /

File System Personality: Journaled HFS+
Type (Bundle): hfs
Name (User Visible): Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Journal: Journal size 16384 KB at offset 0x37a000
Owners: Enabled

Partition Type: Apple_HFS
OS Can Be Installed: Yes
Media Type: Generic
Protocol: SATA
SMART Status: Verified
Volume UUID: 9ECF59E3-DCF9-3B84-A11F-D41CCC851107

Total Size: 119.2 GB (119174365184 Bytes) (exactly 232762432 512-Byte-Blocks)
Volume Free Space: 22.1 GB (22072807424 Bytes) (exactly 43110952 512-Byte-Blocks)
Device Block Size: 512 Bytes

Read-Only Media: No
Read-Only Volume: No
Ejectable: No

Whole: No
Internal: Yes
Solid State: Yes

/dev/disk0
#: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
0: GUID_partition_scheme *120.0 GB disk0
1: EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
2: Apple_HFS Untitled 119.2 GB disk0s2
3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s3
henryg Feb 14 @ 1:49pm 
Thanks for the report. It looks like we may have a bug in Steam that is improperly triggering this message box for you, even though it should not apply to your computer. I will investigate and hopefully this can be resolved with a Steam client update in the near future.
Ristun Feb 14 @ 2:01pm 
Originally posted by henryg:
Thanks for the report. It looks like we may have a bug in Steam that is improperly triggering this message box for you, even though it should not apply to your computer. I will investigate and hopefully this can be resolved with a Steam client update in the near future.
ok thnx man
Ganovenbande Feb 14 @ 3:11pm 
ok
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