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Old 10-14-2017, 01:08 AM   #1
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Question Steam not running.... at all.....


I am on mint 18.2 and I have installed steam and it will not run at all. Nothing happens when I run it in the GUI and when I try to start it in terminal I get this awesome error....

tar: This does not look like a tar archive
xz: (stdin): File format not recognized
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
find: ‘/home/dell/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime’: No such file or directory

Does anyone have any ideas? I have already tried removing it and reinstalling the package files (in terminal).

Thanks!

Travo

Last edited by mr.travo; 10-14-2017 at 01:10 AM. Reason: Listed wrong version number.....
 
Old 10-14-2017, 02:17 AM   #2
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1) Are you installing Steam from the Steam Web site or from your distro's repository?

2) What is the output of this command? (You might want to use Hastebin for posting the output if your output is lengthy.)
Code:
find /home/dell/.steam/
 
Old 10-14-2017, 02:33 AM   #3
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Thank you for the reply and help!

I installed from the CLI as well as by downloading steam_latest.deb from their site.

Not to sound like an &@^& but how do I use Hastebin??? I am still kind of new to linux and need to be walked through this.

Sorry for making things hard but just need to be honest.

Thanks!

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Old 10-14-2017, 01:04 PM   #4
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Post the output of
Code:
file /full/path/to/steam/archive_name
A lot of things can mess you up as a newbie. There's a lot to learn, but google is yournosey, but know-it-all friend.
 
Old 10-14-2017, 01:17 PM   #5
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The only output I got from that command was:

file /full/path/to/steam/archive_name

/full/path/to/steam/archive_name: cannot open `/full/path/to/steam/archive_name' (No such file or directory)
 
Old 10-15-2017, 03:18 AM   #6
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There's a problem with that. The correct output is below
Code:
bash-4.3$ file /mnt/hd/LinuxPackages/aaa_elflibs-14.2-x86_64-31.txz
/mnt/hd/LinuxPackages/aaa_elflibs-14.2-x86_64-31.txz: XZ compressed data
bash-4.3$ ls -lh /mnt/hd/LinuxPackages/aaa_elflibs-14.2-x86_64-31.txz
-rw-r--r-- 1 dec users 6.0M Aug 15 19:46 /mnt/hd/LinuxPackages/aaa_elflibs-14.2-x86_64-31.txz
Try the second command (ls -lh), and, if you come up with nothing, gradually back upp on the /full/path/to/archive_name from the right. So your next try would be ls -lh /full/path/to.
 
Old 10-17-2017, 04:09 PM   #7
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Hi again; thanks for friending me Haven't seen you back since #6 above.

Did you 'get' that #6 intended:
Use like 'Doe, John', instead of typing in a name like literally: "Last, First"
Substitute real for example:
/home/travo/something...
Also fyi, never literally type in < or > (which are shell i/o 'redirection'), like in:
/<FullPathToSomething>

#4 was 'pseude-code', not literal Code: (read that link to discover 'magic' BB code; link also at bottom of pages!!!)

Hastebin (Idk but like Pastebin) means: browse (or websearch) <it>.com
Like: file .??* | nc termbin.com 9999

Need more ultra-exact specific details, like what file, what command, ...

p.s. With your steamGUI, you've gone way beyond my $20netbookCLI VBoxWorld

Last edited by !!!; 10-19-2017 at 01:28 PM.
 
Old 10-18-2017, 04:25 AM   #8
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Further to post #6.


I forgot the first half of the post. Check the output of the file command on your steam archive and the output of'ls -lh, as I'm suspicious of the archive. What In showed wan a typical archive output. Post your results.
 
Old 10-24-2017, 08:21 AM   #9
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Sorry for the lag in time between posts. I guess this is above my knowledge at this time. I need to learn more about the prompt and commands before I continue. I don't want to waste everyone's time trying to train me. When I understand more about what you are wanting me to do, I will return.

Thanks for the help and sorry, I just don't understand it all yet....
 
Old 11-13-2017, 10:33 PM   #10
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OK!!!

So Windows 10 finally pushed me over that cliff.... I saved what little I had worth keeping on there and deleted it. I went ahead and formated my HDD and started over with a fresh install of Mint 18.2. I updated everything I could and brought my machine up to date.

I followed this guide and Steam is now up and running! My install process *did NOT* freeze like they said it would. I guess Steam has addressed that issue.

Maybe this guide will help someone else that is banging their head against the wall with this issue.

https://www.pcsteps.com/2628-install...t-ubuntu-play/

Thank you all for the help and sorry about the delay. I had to spend the last month getting sober, so my focus has been on other things.

I look forward to learning more about Linux (going to be playing around with another distro once I make up my mind).

--Travo

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