Installing Steam 32bit under ArchLinux 64bit


Yesterday I tried to install Steam on my ArchLinux 64bit installation. I failed without knowing exactly why. I followed the wiki docs closely, but I couldn’t manage to start Steam. It just wouldn’t show the main window.

I removed all installed 32bit libraries with this little command:

pacman -R $(paclist multilib | cut -f1 -d' ')

I had to run it several time and ended up removing most of the libraries manually, because of dependency cycles… I also removed the multilib repository from my configuration. Then I made sure that all 64bit stuff is still installed:

pacman -S gcc-libs base-devel

Today I tried again, by enabling the multilib repository and adding a custom repository that has a meta package for all 32bit libraries needed by Steam:

nano /etc/pacman.conf

Add the following lines at the end of file:

[alucryd-multilib]
Server = http://pkgbuild.com/~alucryd/$repo/x86_64
SigLevel = Never

After that update pacman:

pacman -Syyu

Now you can install all 32bit libraries:

pacman -S steam-libs

This time I didn’t use the nvidia 32bit libraries, but stayed with mesa. After all is installed, I re-installed Steam and was able to run it fine. The main window opened and I can see my library. :smile: :thumbsup:

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