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Steam flatpak install



I swear that I had Steam working via flatpak for a short while.  It stopped working so I removed everything and started over.  No luck.

When I run the app this is what I get.

>> flatpak -v run com.valvesoftware.Steam
F: No installations directory in /etc/flatpak/installations.d. Skipping
F: Opening system flatpak installation at path /var/lib/flatpak
F: Opening user flatpak installation at path /home/nrc/.local/share/flatpak
F: Opening user flatpak installation at path /home/nrc/.local/share/flatpak
F: Opening user flatpak installation at path /home/nrc/.local/share/flatpak
F: Unknown feature type per-app-dev-shm
F: Cleaning up unused container id 832053680
F: Allocated instance id 1835788086
F: Add defaults in dir /com/valvesoftware/Steam/
F: Add locks in dir /com/valvesoftware/Steam/
F: Xdg dir xdg-music is $HOME (i.e. disabled), ignoring
F: Allowing wayland access
F: Allowing x11 access
F: Allowing pulseaudio access
F: Pulseaudio user configuration file '/home/nrc/.config/pulse/client.conf': Error opening file /home/nrc/.config/pulse/client.conf: No such file or directory
F: Failed to run in transient scope: No systemd user session available, cgroups not available
F: Running '/usr/libexec/flatpak-bwrap --args 36 /usr/libexec/flatpak-dbus-proxy --args=38'
F: Running '/usr/libexec/flatpak-bwrap --args 36 steam-wrapper'
INFO:root:Will set XDG dirs prefix to /home/nrc
INFO:root:Overriding TZ to EST5EDT
Running Steam on org.freedesktop.platform 64-bit
STEAM_RUNTIME is enabled automatically
Pins up-to-date!
Steam client's requirements are satisfied
WARNING: Using default/fallback debugger launch

.local/share/Steam doesn't exist.   If that's supposed to be created during the 'flatpak install' it's not.

I thought maybe I had broken this by running the install part as root at some point but I can't find any ownership or permissions that would seem to block the install and there are not complaints during install.


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Your steam installation in Flatpak should have a bin_steam.sh in /../com.valvesoftware.Steam/current/active/files/lib/steam. Also a bootstrap.....tar.xz file.

The script unpacks the bootstrap file in a .local/share/Steam directory. The bin_steam.sh script tells you where it installs around line 95:

function install_bootstrap()

        # Save the umask and set strong permissions
        umask 0077

        echo $"Setting up Steam content in $STEAMDIR"


Towards the end of the script there is the function check_bootstrap(), which checks that the bootstrap was unpacked successfully. Basically you can manually unpack the bootstrap file in the right place:

tar -xf bootstrap.tar.xz and remove the checks in the script and it should execute and run.


Make sure that the partition that has the bootstrap etc ($STEAMDIR) is mounted with the exec permission in /etc/fstab !

That's it - voila, it should run now....

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Thanks.  Problem was that that it was failing to extract the tarball.  Not clear why.  Manually extracting the tarball allowed everything to start normally.

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