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Old 07-12-2020, 02:19 AM   #1
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Steam games w/ glib issue

Was really surprised to see Steam run on Slackware.
Big thanks to alien for the multilib and Steam slackbuild maintainer!

I have an issue though, some of my favourite games like sven co-op and American Truck Simulator refuse to run.
Not sure about ATS but sven co-op apparently needs glib 2.24 or higher when slackware comes with glib 2.23
What would you recommend for overcomming this issue?
Do i really need to compile glib 2.24 from scratch and then recompile every piece of software for it or there is some other way around?
Would appreciate help.

P.S. Slackware 14.2
Old 07-12-2020, 02:52 AM   #2
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Are you using native or proton?
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Old 07-12-2020, 03:48 PM   #4
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I don't know if installing current's 2.30 will break things or not.. 14.2 is pretty dated at this point, and despite its age Valve continues to maintain and upgrade the Gold SRC engine that these original Half-Life based titles run on.

Maybe consider moving to -current?
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Although lately I've been enjoying -Current a lot I have a functioning multilib 14.2 install and have Steam on both. Both instances run better than so-called gaming distro top dogs, PopOS and Manjaro... like 17%+ better with my custom kernel. Although I am really liking Current, before I'd just upgrade (maybe parallel dual boot is a solution) I'd opt into the Steam Beta program and activate Proton. While Proton is essentially just to run Direct X games, it seems there are a number of added libraries that affect Steam in general even on native Linux games. 14.2 is old in some ways but it still runs great, including with more modern Steam..
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You could try compiling a newer version of glibc (or even maybe just take -current's???) but install in /usr/local or /opt. Then use LD_LIBRARY_PATH so your game picks up from your custom glibc instead of the system one. I think this will work, even though other system libraries the game may need are linked against an older glibc.

I've used the same "compile random library not provided with Slackware but needed by random program that I don't want installed system-wide" trick to get newer versions of MATLAB to run on 14.2. Of course in that case it wasn't glibc...
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