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  1. #1
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    Question Cannot install Steam on Ubuntu 18.04

    I had originally installed Steam on 16.10, then upgraded to 18.04. I've been using another computer for Steam for a while and this is the first time I've attempted to use Steam on this computer after the upgrade. When it failed, I tried many attempted solutions I found on the internet but I don't think any of them are sufficiently localized to Ubuntu 18.04.

    Here's a partial list of what I've tried:

    Running 'steam' in terminal pulls up a separate terminal window with this:

    Code:
    Steam needs to install these additional packages: 
        libgl1-mesa-dri:i386, libgl1-mesa-glx:i386
    Additionally, the output contains this error message:

    Code:
    Error: You are missing the following 32-bit libraries, and Steam may not run:libGL.so.1
    libdrm.so.2
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install steam
    gives the output:

    Code:
    Reading package lists... DoneBuilding dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:
    
    
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
     steam:i386 : Depends: libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 (>= 17.3) but it is not going to be installed or
                           libtxc-dxtn0:i386
                  Depends: libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 but it is not going to be installed
                  Depends: libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 but it is not going to be installed
                  Recommends: nvidia-driver-libs-i386:i386 but it is not installable
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
    Attempting to install the packages manually gives cascading dependencies. Will paste outputs if required.

    From one of the older threads, for 14.10:

    Code:
    $ apt-cache policy libgl1-mesa-glx libgl1-mesa-glx:i386libgl1-mesa-glx:
      Installed: 19.0.8-0ubuntu0~18.04.3
      Candidate: 19.0.8-0ubuntu0~18.04.3
      Version table:
     *** 19.0.8-0ubuntu0~18.04.3 500
            500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/main amd64 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
         18.0.0~rc5-1ubuntu1 500
            500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/main amd64 Packages
    libgl1-mesa-glx:i386:
      Installed: (none)
      Candidate: 19.0.8-0ubuntu0~18.04.3
      Version table:
         19.0.8-0ubuntu0~18.04.3 500
            500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/main i386 Packages
         18.0.0~rc5-1ubuntu1 500
            500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/main i386 Packages
    i386 is listed under foreign architectures. I have tried autoremove/update/upgrade/dist-upgrade/clean, but not full-upgrade.

    Under "Software and Updates", the 'main', 'restricted', 'universe', and 'multiverse' boxes are checked, source code is not. Under tab "Other Software", only option "Canonical Partners" is checked. Under "Additional Drivers", the option I have selected is the X.Org X server.

    I have attempted the uninstall/reinstall by deleting .steam/ and .local/share/Steam/ folders.

    Is there anything else I can do?

  2. #2
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    Re: Cannot install Steam on Ubuntu 18.04

    did you add the 386 architecture?

    Code:
    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
    more:
    https://askubuntu.com/questions/4542...-ubuntu-64-bit
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2418075
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
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  3. #3
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    Re: Cannot install Steam on Ubuntu 18.04

    I did. This was mentioned in the OP, "i386 is listed under foreign architectures."

    EDIT: Also, for the external links, multiarch-support is already up to date, and I've been trying to add :i386 to the library names I'm installing.
    Last edited by CalvinCopyright; 1 Week Ago at 05:15 PM. Reason: Missed external links in reply

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