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    Giving Steam its own partition

    I've long played WoW on multiple distros using Wine. My trick was to install all my windows software in its own partition which I would mount to ~/.wine/drive_c/Programs during startup. This successfully isolated the Windows software for use in multiple editions of Wine, under different distros, and I didn't have to install WoW (or anything else) over again for every distro and/or release. Since I am an inveterate distro-hopper using a shared connection with people who can get really unhappy if I hog all the bandwidth, this was important to me.

    But I want to do something similar with regards to Steam, that is, have a patition dedicated to it, that can be used by multiple distros/releases.

    Where would its mount point be? My current guess is that I could use ~/.local/share/Steam (most of the links in ~/.Steam appear to point there) but I am not sure.

    Does everything needed go in there?

    Is anything in there (or ~/.Steam) that is distro- or release-specific? Does anybody have any thoughts?
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    Re: Giving Steam its own partition

    In the steam-settings you can define exactly where you want to download your games to, other partitions included.

    You can't, however, delete the default download-folder, so everytime you download a game you get the option of choosing one of the 2 (or more) download-locations you've defined.

    When you reinstall Steam on a new distro, just point it towards your previous download-folder and voila.
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    Re: Giving Steam its own partition

    Quote Originally Posted by ZarathustraDK View Post
    In the steam-settings you can define exactly where you want to download your games to, other partitions included.

    You can't, however, delete the default download-folder, so everytime you download a game you get the option of choosing one of the 2 (or more) download-locations you've defined.
    No, I can't. I can define other directories as libraries for steam, but I can't select them as the destination for a download. They go to default or they don't go at all.
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    Re: Giving Steam its own partition

    Quote Originally Posted by arkanabar View Post
    But I want to do something similar with regards to Steam, that is, have a patition dedicated to it, that can be used by multiple distros/releases.

    Where would its mount point be? My current guess is that I could use ~/.local/share/Steam (most of the links in ~/.Steam appear to point there) but I am not sure.
    I suggest installing steam in /golfshoes/ it's as good a place as any, drives the FHS crowd crazy, and it's a constant reminder that you need golf shoes to walk in all this muck.

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    Re: Giving Steam its own partition

    Are you sure you don't get to choose where the games download to, I have this option available...

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    Re: Giving Steam its own partition

    Yeah I get the same result as Cheesemill.

    Maybe you haven't mounted the new partition before you start up Steam? I forgot to do it once and then all my installed games got greyed out (as in "not installed"); tried to install a game and I didn't get the option of choosing install-location, it just went ahead and installed to the default-location.

    Closed Steam, mounted the partition, launched Steam, it worked normally again.
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    Re: Giving Steam its own partition

    It looks like this is an issue with some games.

    I've just tried installing Counter Strike: Source and it didn't give me the option like it did with Osmos. It's probably worth raising the issue with Valve.
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    Re: Giving Steam its own partition

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    It looks like this is an issue with some games.

    I've just tried installing Counter Strike: Source and it didn't give me the option like it did with Osmos. It's probably worth raising the issue with Valve.
    Hmm... same here. And it isn't disk-space either.

    If I had to venture a wild guess: Probably all the original Source-engine games gets installed to the default directory because they share a lot of the basic code. All games except CS-Source, TF2 and TF2 beta gives me the prompt for location.

    I'd still call it a bug though, those games can be huge so that may not be a possibility for those of us who use a small, fast HD for the OS and big clunky ones for the rest.
    Last edited by ZarathustraDK; March 12th, 2013 at 12:51 AM.
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    Re: Giving Steam its own partition

    Quote Originally Posted by ZarathustraDK View Post
    If I had to venture a wild guess: Probably all the original Source-engine games gets installed to the default directory because they share a lot of the basic code. All games except CS-Source, TF2 and TF2 beta gives me the prompt for location.
    That was exactly what I was thinking

    I'll raise a support ticket with Valve and see if I can get an answer.
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    Re: Giving Steam its own partition

    That would be it. I was trying to install TF2.
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