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I'm looking for a good "launch options" resource
Nanobang 5 Aug
Is there a good source listing all or most launch options regarding proton, vulkan, etc., &c., with decent explanations for their various uses?

I was having sound issues with Dead Island: Riptide recently and I thought, "I bet there's some launch options that might fix this." The problem was I simply didn't know any. In the end I fixed it by replacing the flatpak version of pulseeffects with the one in the Mint repos (?!), but I'm left wondering about proton (&c) launch options.

Any help or insight massively appreciated. :)
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There's the GitHub repository of Proton, with some options, not sure if it is helpful to you though.
I usually just read comments on protonDB to see which launch options to apply, as I don't fully understand all the details of these.
Nanobang 16 Aug
Quoting: furaxhornyxThere's the GitHub repository of Proton, with some options, not sure if it is helpful to you though.
I usually just read comments on protonDB to see which launch options to apply, as I don't fully understand all the details of these.

Thanks for the link, I appreciate that, but I'm really looking for a much more comprehensive list. :)
whizse 16 Aug
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Any single list would quickly be outdated I think. "Proton" makes up quite a few projects so here's a few resources:

Wine debug channels:
https://www.linuxsecrets.com/wine-wiki/Debug_Channels.html

vkd3d (skip down to Environment Variables)
https://github.com/HansKristian-Work/vkd3d-proton

DXVK (check HUD/Debugging) and dxvk.conf for game specific workarounds.

Of course both ProtonDB and the Wine AppDB are always worth checking for workarounds.

There's also driver specific workarounds:

Environment variables here:
https://docs.mesa3d.org/envvars.html

Application specific workarounds here (can also be used as environment variables)
https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/mesa/mesa/-/blob/main/src/util/00-mesa-defaults.conf

...and specific workarounds for SDL, FAudio, PulseAudio etc....

Last edited by whizse on 21 August 2021 at 10:25 am UTC
peta77 7 Oct
Quoting: Nanobang
Quoting: furaxhornyxThere's the GitHub repository of Proton, with some options, not sure if it is helpful to you though.
I usually just read comments on protonDB to see which launch options to apply, as I don't fully understand all the details of these.

Thanks for the link, I appreciate that, but I'm really looking for a much more comprehensive list. :)

Recently found (well, actually someone in the steam forums pointed it out to me) this site, which helped me finally play my vr-videos from any location. But there's also "fixes" for other issues. Take a look if you still need something:

GitHub - steamlinuxruntime-known-issues

Last edited by peta77 on 7 October 2021 at 4:07 pm UTC
kokoko3k 9 Oct
What do you exactly mean by "launch option"?
specific game parameters? specific proton parameters? vulkan related environment variables? opengl ones maybe?
What about LD linker accepted envs instead?
And why not a little script or mangohud tricks to limit framerate or set vsync, vkbasalt effects?

You understand, "launch options" is just a command line and a commandline can do anything.
Having a wall of launch options to try randomly won't help you; asking for specific help and understand why the answer fixes it, does.

Some specific cases are listed here:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Steam/Game-specific_troubleshooting

Last edited by kokoko3k on 9 October 2021 at 5:50 pm UTC
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