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A Simple Question (I Hope!)

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 8:17 pm
by Derek_S
Someone on another thread asked me that when you install a Steam game, what directory (or directories) are used. I'm not a gamer, so I admitted I have no idea. He was curious as to whether all of the files end up in the / directory, or they all end up in the /home directory, or if they somehow get divided between the two, for instance the game itself is installed somewhere in / and the save files end up somewhere in /home. He's asking because he needs to decide if there is an advantage to creating a separate /home partition or not.

Re: A Simple Question (I Hope!)

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 8:25 pm
by gm10
I do not understand what any of this has to do with a separate home partition but anyway, as I thought anybody using Steam would know, you get to choose where to install your games, this is configurable in Steam's settings on all operating systems. As to the rest of the application, depends on how you install it, flatpak or repository version.

Re: A Simple Question (I Hope!)

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 8:33 pm
by Derek_S
Hello @ gm10 - Thanks for the quick reply. I'll pass that information along. I think his main concern is if he ever has to re-install Linux Mint, he's afraid of losing all of his saved games.

Re: A Simple Question (I Hope!)

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 10:01 pm
by HaveaMint
Doesn't it default to /home/user/.steam/asubfolder ?

Re: A Simple Question (I Hope!)

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 10:46 pm
by gm10
Derek_S wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 8:33 pm
I think his main concern is if he ever has to re-install Linux Mint, he's afraid of losing all of his saved games.
It's kinda the point of Steam that you can access your games from anywhere, you don't lose anything. Unless he's concerned about download time I guess. Or disabled Steam cloud sync.