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Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:21 am
by javicule
After installing the regular steam package from the software manager, updating steam and verifying, it just closes, without any warning or error message. This is what I get in the terminal:

Running Steam on linuxmint 19 64-bit
STEAM_RUNTIME is enabled automatically
Pins up-to-date!
[2018-07-02 08:13:30] Startup - updater built Jun 8 2018 22:22:23
Looks like steam didn't shutdown cleanly, scheduling immediate update check
[2018-07-02 08:13:31] Checking for update on startup
[2018-07-02 08:13:31] Checking for available updates...
[2018-07-02 08:13:31] Download skipped: /client/steam_client_ubuntu12 version 1528497815, installed version 1528497815
[2018-07-02 08:13:31] Nothing to do
[2018-07-02 08:13:31] Verifying installation...
[2018-07-02 08:13:31] Performing checksum verification of executable files
[2018-07-02 08:13:32] Verification complete

Hope someone could help.

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:49 pm
by KooL
I have the same problem.

Also, tried the Steam installer from Steam's website and he writes another message:

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Running Steam on linuxmint 19 64-bit
STEAM_RUNTIME is enabled automatically
Pins up-to-date!
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1528497815)
libGL error: No matching fbConfigs or visuals found
libGL error: failed to load driver: swrast
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1528497815)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1528497815)
Gtk-Message: 22:40:21.055: Failed to load module "gail"
Gtk-Message: 22:40:21.056: Failed to load module "atk-bridge"

(steam:19940): Gtk-WARNING **: 22:40:21.078: Загружаемый модуль тем не найден в module_path: «adwaita»,
/usr/share/themes/Mint-Y/gtk-2.0/main.rc:1085: error: unexpected identifier 'direction', expected character '}'
libGL error: No matching fbConfigs or visuals found
libGL error: failed to load driver: swrast
crash_20180702224020_1.dmp[19957]: Uploading dump (out-of-process)
/tmp/dumps/crash_20180702224020_1.dmp
/home/evgeny/.local/share/Steam/steam.sh: строка 876: 19940 Ошибка сегментирования                   (стек памяти сброшен на диск) $STEAM_DEBUGGER "$STEAMROOT/$STEAMEXEPATH" "$@"
crash_20180702224020_1.dmp[19957]: Finished uploading minidump (out-of-process): success = yes
crash_20180702224020_1.dmp[19957]: response: CrashID=bp-aa47baaa-b250-4a2a-bcad-a290f2180702
crash_20180702224020_1.dmp[19957]: file ''/tmp/dumps/crash_20180702224020_1.dmp'', upload yes: ''CrashID=bp-aa47baaa-b250-4a2a-bcad-a290f2180702''

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:25 pm
by rene
While -- if anyone would want to argue the point -- I'd agree that a newly through the repositories installed version should ideally work on a newly installed distribution...

Please just don't bother with it anymore now that a flatpak version is available as well directly from the software manager. What's available from the repositories is basically just an installer which downloads the appropriate version, but as such still firmly victim to the eternal Linux shared library dependency dance of death. First reporter above might in essence be something else, second is the exact type of thing the flatpak model avoids, it providing for a well-defined and (by the application developers themselves) well-tested environment for the application.

I.e, just grab the flatpak version. If applicable, do note that the through the repositories installed version and the flatpak version have different default library locations; if you have many games installed already, make sure to first move the library to, say, ~/Games/SteamLibrary, and set that location as the default library for the flatpak version (Settings -> Downloads -> Library folders).

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:56 pm
by KooL
Flatpak works only in the console, in Software Manager an error occurs and nothing is setup, but yes, it's still a solution.

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:31 pm
by rene
Err, oh. Not running 19 yet so can't check but flatpak not working through Software Manager would seem a biggish issue...

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:59 pm
by gm10
javicule wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:21 am
Hope someone could help.
The same version is running fine on my end.

Was this a clean install or did you have prior configuration in place? If you just installed it, just start over:

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apt purge steam
apt install steam
Otherwise the flatpak version suggested above is also an idea but personally I had nothing but trouble with that one when I tried it under Mint 18, whereas the normal repository version is working just fine for me.

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:04 pm
by KooL
This is the problem of Mint 19, at 18 Steam started.

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:13 pm
by gm10
KooL wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:04 pm
This is the problem of Mint 19, at 18 Steam started.
I'm on Mint 19, Steam is running flawlessly.

I only mentioned Mint 18 as the last version I tried the flatpak version on, and it didn't run well at all. YMMV

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:16 am
by tuxinvader
Hi guys,

The steam client is 32 bit, so you likely need to install the 32 bit libs.

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sudo apt-get install libnvidia-gl-390:i386
It works for me ;-)

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:57 pm
by olividir
This got my steam to work after I went to mint 19. Nice, thank you :)

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:41 pm
by javicule
Thanks everybody, I got it working installing the flatpak version. I'll try your solutions for the repository version. I also wanted to report the issue and know if anybody had a similar problem.

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:47 pm
by Vampyre
I have to report that the above (posted by tuxinvader) fix does the job. Thank you :)

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:40 am
by ctrl
tuxinvader wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:16 am

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sudo apt-get install libnvidia-gl-390:i386
You da man! I knew it was something like this, but every time it breaks it's a pain to diagnose the x86 drivers... Thanks.

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:43 am
by strahlemann
Soo I also got the problem that steam won't start. The Terminal states the following:

Repairing installation, linking /home/tim/.steam/steam to /home/tim/.local/share/Steam
Running Steam on linuxmint 19 32-bit
STEAM_RUNTIME is enabled automatically
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(0)
/home/tim/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libxcb-dri3.so.0: undefined symbol: xcb_send_request_with_fds
/home/tim/.local/share/Steam/steam.sh: Zeile 444: Keine Entsprechung: ssfn*

Can someone help?

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:51 pm
by darsh
Steam worked right off the Software Manager download/install for me, on Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon 64-bit on my 2017 HP Pavilion.

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:10 pm
by poorlyte
tuxinvader wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:16 am
Hi guys,

The steam client is 32 bit, so you likely need to install the 32 bit libs.

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sudo apt-get install libnvidia-gl-390:i386
It works for me ;-)
It worked for me too, tnx!

Re: Linux Mint 19 - Steam won't start

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:50 pm
by renrip
Here is a data point for those having these issues.

I was having the same problem and not having any luck with the fixes suggested here or elsewhere. (GeForce 7900 GS)

So I reverted to the standard open source kernel drivers, shutdown, swapped in a similar vintage Radeon card (HD 5770) and rebooted.

Steam now fires right up like it should.

I know it's not really a solution but if you have a Radeon card to test with you could rule out other stuff than your Nvidia driver situation.

Craig