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Steam for Linux beta on Slackware

by on Dec.07, 2012, under Software

As I have mentioned a while ago, Steam is coming to Linux. If you cared and filled out the survey back then, you’ve probably already been accepted for the limited beta. In their own words We’ve just expanded the limited public beta by a large amount — in other words, chances are quite big that you’ve been accepted by now. And even if you haven’t, they say you won’t be banned for trying the beta anyway.

However, the beta is obviously for Pokemon OS only right now. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try to get it running under our beloved Slackware Linux, right? :)
One catch right now however: you’ll need to have a 32 bit slackware installation lying around. I still have my old one that I can chroot into that I also use for running 32 bit games under wine. If you don’t I’m sure you can do a quick

root@machine:/# mkdir /slackware32
root@machine:/# cd /mnt/slackware-current/slackware/
root@machine:/mnt/slackware-current/slackware# for PKG in `egrep ADD\|REC {a,ap,k,l,n,x,xap}/tagfile | cut -f1,2 -d':' | sed -e 's/tagfile://'` ; do
       installpkg -root /slackware32 -infobox $PKG-*.t?z
    done
# Takes a while installing packages to your new chroot, after that you can:
root@machine:/mnt/slackware-current/slacware# chroot /slackware32
root@machine:/# echo Now I just need to fix the rest of the configuration of this chroot... like adding a user.

Mind you, you’ll also need your nvidia drivers installed in your 32 bit chroot! “But BenV, I have an ATI/AMD GPU” … yes, you probably have herpes too, go away.
Anyway, since nvidia sucks, the nvidia driver installer will barf because you it detects your 64 bit kernel and you’ll have to install it the manual way:

# This is still in the chroot
root@machine:/# cd /usr/src
root@machine:/usr/src# mkdir nvidia
root@machine:/usr/src# cd nvidia
# Make sure to match your installed version from your 64 bit environment, this one is 310.19
root@machine:/usr/src/nvidia# wget ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/310.19/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-310.19.run
# Takes a while depending on your connection
root@machine:/usr/src/nvidia# bash NVIDIA-Linux-x86-310.19.run -x
# Extracts to a dir called NVIDIA-Linux-x86-310.19
root@machine:/usr/src/nvidia# cd NVIDIA-Linux-x86-310.19
root@machine:/usr/src/nvidia/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-310.19# ../benv-installer.sh
Old version(s) detected, based on files:
-----
12583708 5160 -rwxr-xr-x   1 root     root      5283056 Dec  4 15:57 /usr/lib/libglx.so.310.14
22152181  440 -rwxr-xr-x   1 root     root       446636 Aug 23 21:29 /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libglx.so.org
------
Removing version 310.14....
Found old files, /usr/lib/libvdpau_nvidia.so.310.14
[...]
Remove them? (y/n)
y
Installing new version 310.19...
root@machine:/usr/src/nvidia/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-310.19# ldconfig

What’s that benv-installer.sh? A little script that removes the old libraries, copies the new ones in place and checks the libglx symlink.
You can get it here:
benv-installer.sh - Version 0.1 - SHA: 2fb29fc3db5c154365ef40e2f017de3ed25ba945

Anyway, now that the major preparations are done, let’s go fire up the Steam for Linux beta! (I’m sure you can handle the rest of the missing garbage in the Slackware32 chroot that I didn’t mention, like adding a user etc).

# Yes, this is still the slackware32 chroot :)
root@machine:/usr/src/# mkdir steamlinux
root@machine:/usr/src/# cd steamlinux
root@machine:/usr/src/steamlinux# wget http://media.steampowered.com/client/installer/steam.deb
# We don't handle .deb! Let's make it more managable :)
root@machine:/usr/src/steamlinux# ar x steam.deb
# Oh look, a control.tar.gz with nonsense files and a data.tar.gz with stuff we need
root@machine:/usr/src/steamlinux# mkdir pkg
root@machine:/usr/src/steamlinux# cd pkg
root@machine:/usr/src/steamlinux/pkg# tar axf ../data.tar.gz
root@machine:/usr/src/steamlinux# makepkg /usr/src/packages/steam-1.0.0.16-i686-1.txz # This version comes from the control.tar.gz->control file ;)
# Hit enter a few times
root@machine:/usr/src/steamlinux# installpkg /usr/src/packages/steam-1.0.0.16-i686-1.txz

Easy enough. Let’s see what it does! :)
Note that you shouldn’t run the steam executable as root. Not that I need to tell you that, right? ;)

# Yes, still the slackware32 chroot
benv@machine:~$ steam
Setting up Steam content in /home/benv/.local/share/Steam
which: no gksudo in (/home/benv/bin:/sbin:/usr/sbin:/usr/lcoal/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/lib/java/bin:/usr/lib/kde4/libexec:/usr/lib/qt/bin:.)
which: no kdesudo in (/home/benv/bin:/sbin:/usr/sbin:/usr/lcoal/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/lib/java/bin:/usr/lib/kde4/libexec:/usr/lib/qt/bin:.)
xterm: Error 32, errno 2: No such file or directory
Reason: get_pty: not enough ptys
ILocalize::AddFile() failed to load file "public/steambootstrapper_english.txt".
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(0_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1.0_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1.0_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1.0_client)
SteamUpdater: Error: Failed to unzip item package/tmp/steam/drivercheck/590/dxsupport.cfg (1275, 1024)

SteamUpdater: Error: Failed to unzip package (/home/benv/.local/share/Steam/package/public_all.zip.1ea35c0dd4a580af99814d50c996080d1d0b3f70)

Not only did it start with the above output, it gave the following graphical display:

Steam for Linux Beta - first start

Steam for Linux Beta – it tries to update itself after starting it for the first time


After which it errored with the following one:
Steam for Linux beta - first error

Steam for Linux beta – first error


Not that I’m surprised by an error at this point, I never expect things to work from the start :)
Taking a look at the console output you can see that xterm isn’t able to start. I guess they need it to run some scripts in or something, so we better make sure it can start properly. The reason is simple: this slackware chroot doesn’t have a proper /dev and especially /dev/pts (and later: /dev/shm) in place. Normally these get mounted a boot, but since you don’t really boot a chroot we have to fix these entries manually. I suggest you make a chroot script for it ;)

# Still in the chroot, as root this time
root@machine:/# mount -n -o mode=0620,gid=5 -t devpts devpts /dev/pts
root@machine:/# mount -t tmpfs tmpfs /dev/shm

There, you should be able to start xterm without errors now. If you didn’t fix the /dev/shm you’ll get another error that looks like this one:

[1207/113507:ERROR:shared_memory_posix.cc(167)] Creating shared memory in /dev/shm/org.chromium.Chromium.shmem.libcef_8194274913974519198 failed: Permission denied
[1207/113507:ERROR:shared_memory_posix.cc(170)] Unable to access(W_OK|X_OK) /dev/shm: Permission denied
[1207/113507:FATAL:shared_memory_posix.cc(172)] This is frequently caused by incorrect permissions on /dev/shm.  Try 'sudo chmod 1777 /dev/shm' to fix.

Anyhow, we fixed it, so let’s try the steam beta again! :)

# Yes yes, still the Slackware 32 bit chroot environment ;)
benv@machine:~$ steam
/home/benv/.local/share/Steam/steam.sh: line 238: pidof: command not found
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
Looks like steam didn't shutdown cleanly, scheduling immediate update check
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
unlinked 0 orphaned pipes
removing stale semaphore last operated on by process 4022 with name 0eBlobRegistryMutex_ECD12E799B7F2C7C5974C84ABE8C7520
removing stale semaphore last operated on by process 4022 with name 0eBlobRegistrySignal_ECD12E799B7F2C7C5974C84ABE8C7520
removing stale semaphore last operated on by process 4022 with name 0emSteamEngineInstance
removing stale semaphore last operated on by process 4022 with name 0eSteamEngineLock
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
[1207/113620:ERROR:bus.cc(261)] Failed to connect to the bus: Failed to connect to socket /var/run/dbus/system_bus_socket: Connection refused
[1207/113620:ERROR:bus.cc(261)] Failed to connect to the bus: Failed to connect to socket /var/run/dbus/system_bus_socket: Connection refused
[1207/113620:WARNING:proxy_service.cc(646)] PAC support disabled because there is no system implementation
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
PulseAudio connect failed (used only for Mic Volume Control) with error: Connection refused
Generating new string page texture 12: 48x256, total string texture memory is 49.15 KB
# and more new string page textures
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
# and more new string page textures
Process 4149 created /ValveIPCSharedObjects3
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
Adding license for package 4314
Adding license for package 6134
# and a ton more licenses
local (potentially out of sync) copy of roaming config loaded - 0 bytes.
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
SteamUpdater: Error: Download failed: http error 0
System startup time: 9737.35 seconds
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1354745237_client)
ExecCommandLine: "/home/benv/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam"
# and another ton of new string page textures

Meanwhile, what do you know – we’re greeted with a login screen!

Steam for Linux beta - New account or login?

Steam for Linux beta – New account or login?


Steam for Linux Beta - enter your account details

Steam for Linux Beta – enter your account details


W00t. After logging in and entering the s3cr3t c0d3 because this is a ‘new computer’ according to SteamGuard or whatever it’s called, we look upon our game library. Looks like they added a ‘Linux Games’ entry that’s selected by default.
Steam for Linux Beta on Slackware - Games Library

Steam for Linux Beta on Slackware – Games Library


Well, that’s cool. Let’s see if it works. I ask steam to install Dungeons of Dredmor, hit next a few times, wait a minute orso, and it looks like it’s installed :)
The only things that hints we’re not on windows is the weird resolution Dredmor offers (possibly related to me running Fluxbox), but this works great :)
Dungeons of Dredmor launched through Steam for Linux on Slackware

Dungeons of Dredmor launched through Steam for Linux on Slackware

Things to note:
* I have a Pulseaudio installation on my slackware32 chroot — sound worked fine for me, but if you’re having trouble it might help to install it.
* Valve seems to have put Team Fortress 2 Beta in my Linux Games list — I’ll have to see how that runs under linux, but it’s 12.2GB so takes a while to leech.
* Carefully read the console output when things don’t work, there may be helpful hints like Steam error: SteamProcessCall(WaitForAppReadyToLaunch)(0xab427c,0xfff3d100,0xfff3cee8) failed with error 17: Cache Write Failure, errno 28 “No space left on device” when your disk is full when trying to install TF2 ;)

Anyway, looks like Valve is making great progress in getting Steam to work under linux. Soon things will be running smooth for Pokemon OS and hopefully that’ll open up even more games to linux :)


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5 Comments for this entry

  • Redraider89

    I tried running Tar as:

    tar axf

    And it gave the error:

    tar: invalid option — a

    I can’t find the “a” switch documented anywhere on the internet. Can you explain that a little more?

    I’m on Slackware 12.2 32-bit.

    Thanks

  • BenV

    @Redraider89:
    The ‘a’ switch is pretty new for tar, it means it automagically determines what compression format was used. Not sure when it was introduced, possibly Slackware 13.37. Relevant XKCD: http://xkcd.com/1168/ :)

    Anyhow, for a .gz file instead of ‘a’ you can use ‘z’. Good luck! :)

  • Redraider89

    Cool! thanks for the quick response.

  • Redraider89

    And you sum it up pretty well that ubuntu is a pokemon OS, but I’d call it Kiddie Linux.

    I tweaked and tweaked my Slackware 12.2 trying to get it ready for Steam, then tweaked some more and it blew up. :))

    Now I know how NOT to upgrade.

    So, I backed up my stuff and am at 14.0 64 bit.
    But I’m having a BEAR of a time trying to get the libX11.so.6 libraries.

    But, be nice to AMD/ATI people, I have a nVidia 6600 GT in this one but have ATI/AMD in other PCs. :)

  • BenV

    The libX11.so.6 (.3.0) can be found in the libX11-1.5.0 package, at least in Slackware64-current.
    Easiest way to install them is to pick a mirror in /etc/slackpkg/mirrors and do slackpkg update ; slackpkg install libX11 — assuming you installed slackpkg of course :)
    The slackpkg package can be found on the slackware cd in the ‘ap’ packages dir, or here: http://www.slackpkg.org/stable/slackpkg-2.82.0-noarch-2.tgz

    Also, I have no beef with people who buy ATI/AMD — done so myself a couple of times… but I always regret it when it’s for gaming PCs :-p

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