Steam for Linux

Steam for Linux Feb 28, 2014 @ 12:29am
Soflinking SteamApps folder
Anyone had success with this?

I'm going dual boot with Windows since I still have critical softwares on Windows which I can't really live without. But would be a hassle to go back and forth from windows to linux and such.

Also, each games getting bigger and bigger, like L4D2 now weighs about 12 gigs or so, having two identical copies of the game would be such a waste of space.

So far I tested it, steam deleted the softlink and redownloading some stuffs. I get like a new fresh installation of steam after it finished (login window appeared).

Any insights and suggestions would be appreciated. Cheers!
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Cybertao Feb 28, 2014 @ 12:56am 
You could mount a partition on that folder, or mount a folder on a folder using the --bind option.

But if you're talking about using the same game installations in both Windows and Linux, don't. Feb 28, 2014 @ 2:42am 
Thanks cybertao. Why is that not recommended? I did it on most of other softwares such as Thunderbird and Firefox, thus I have the exact same configurations/content on both Linux and Windows.

Most likely the data files of the games were the exact same files, just the binaries are different... aren't they?

This is the softlinking I intended to do :

ln -s /media/os/steam/steamapps /home/local/share/Steam/SteamApps

One problem is that Linux version have uppercases/lowercases in it.

Also, what do you mean by --bind? can you please elaborate?

Thanks in advance!
Cybertao Feb 28, 2014 @ 4:10am 
Mount is usually used to mount a filesystem to a folder:
mount /dev/sda2 /home/local/share/Steam/SteamApps

It can also be used to mount a folder on a folder, in your case:
mount --bind /media/os/steam/steamapps /home/local/share/Steam/SteamApps

It's not a good idea and will end badly, but try it if you want.
»xѕєвa360« Feb 28, 2014 @ 7:56am 
You could possibly try symlinking the VPK files and materials/models/sounds/custom/download folders if it's left4dead2 only. That's what i do with GarrysMod addon files.
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