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Steam for Linux Is a little messed up, here's the temporary fix!

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Something odd has happened to Steam for Linux and you might face some difficulties starting/restarting it at the moment. We don't know what causes this, but luckily we have a quick temporary fix for you!

If your Steam seems to hang during starting up with terminal output similar to this then you have to run a quick command to fix it until you start it up next time. This is the command (source: http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410/discussions/0/864978835653093697/):

rm -Rf ~/.steam/steam/appcache

Removing the appcache doesn't seem to affect Steam in any way and hopefully the permanent patch for this annoying bug will be released soon.

Edit by liamdawe: You will also need to kill any Steam processes running.
Edit: Removing the appcache actually might affect installing games on Steam, but we have mixed results about that. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Bumadar 13 September 2013 at 1:10 pm UTC
no startup issues here (opensuse, pure /home install), but since this morning the internal browser seems to be broken, so store, community etc. etc. all give "error code -130, failed to load webpage" back.  Library works fine.

switching from beta back to normal solves the issue.  appcache has no effect on this.
Mike Frett 13 September 2013 at 1:25 pm UTC
I think it's a sever side issue or regional perhaps. I just opened and browsed around a while and didn't have any issues. I don't use the Beta though so perhaps it's a Beta issue.
Anonymous 13 September 2013 at 1:28 pm UTC
Thanks that actually helped me (Ubuntu 13.10).
Liam Dawe 13 September 2013 at 1:45 pm UTC
I am not using the beta and it affects me, looks like it's a general Steam issue.
mattyy1hp 13 September 2013 at 1:48 pm UTC
Oh my god it helped. Thank you very much! I was trying to solve this problem last 2 hours.
strg 13 September 2013 at 1:57 pm UTC
helped on Manjaro too
Thanks!
Guest 13 September 2013 at 2:05 pm UTC
Not had any issues using either the BETA or non-BETA, internal browser has also been fine (I use the BETA on my desktop and non-BETA on my Laptop) -- both running Arch x86_64.
Ivancillo 13 September 2013 at 2:12 pm UTC
This subject reminds me some things TheEnigmaticT said the other day here in GOL.

About breaking compatibility as the systems upgrades.
Seems that he was/is right at this point. (Why this issue appeared with just no modification of the program? : cause the modification of the host OS (upgrades) ).

But in the other hand ... Yes, it happened, but it's not so terrific like he explained to us.

People reacted inmediatly to support users just the problem appeared.

And the issue is solutionated. No casualities, no need to refund to anyone. Not so terrific.
We Linux users are used to manage program issues as a normal thing.
Liam Dawe 13 September 2013 at 2:18 pm UTC
It's nothing to do with a system update breaking Steam, Steam recently got an update and broke itself.
Samsai 13 September 2013 at 2:28 pm UTC
IvancilloThis subject reminds me some things TheEnigmaticT said the other day here in GOL.

About breaking compatibility as the systems upgrades.
Seems that he was/is right at this point. (Why this issue appeared with just no modification of the program? : cause the modification of the host OS (upgrades) ).

But in the other hand ... Yes, it happened, but it's not so terrific like he explained to us.

People reacted inmediatly to support users just the problem appeared.

And the issue is solutionated. No casualities, no need to refund to anyone. Not so terrific.
We Linux users are used to manage program issues as a normal thing.
This can be compared to broken compatibility to some extent, though the issue itself is probably a programmer error somewhere, but it really shows how the Linux community works when problems arise: some people figure out a fix for the problem and tell about it to others, who in turn spread the word exponentially throughout the whole community.
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