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#1 2024-05-13 12:01:22

Aho Senpai
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[SOLVED} Unable to launch most Steam games exFat dirve

Hi, i've had this issue for a bit, i'm unable to launch most steam games, they try to launch and then close almost instantly

steam log gives me this

pressure-vessel-wrap[8255]: W: Unable to create hard link "/run/media/aho/Drive/Games/Steam/steamapps/common/SteamLinuxRuntime_sniper/var/tmp-E9LAM2/usr/./manifest.dpkg" to "/run/media/aho/Drive/Games/Steam/steamapps/common/SteamLinuxRuntime_sniper/sniper_platform_0.20240307.80401/files/./manifest.dpkg": Operation not permitted

i found this
https://superuser.com/questions/1702125 … link-works
which redirected me to
https://unix.stackexchange.com/question … 719#377719

however,  that doesn't resolve the issue it seems, i still have the same issue, the same log output, and restarting the computer cat /proc/sys/fs/protected_hardlinks revert back to 1 anyways

I also tried to forcefully change the folder permission, but that didn't seem to do much

the drive itself only has games on it, is formatted to exfat, and i do have exfatprogs installed

i can upload the full output log i got  if needed (i'm not sure how i upload a file here? or do i just put it in a gist and link to it?)

steam 2>&1 | tee ~somePath/Downloads/output.log

what can i do/try ?

Last edited by Aho Senpai (2024-05-15 09:33:59)

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#2 2024-05-13 15:04:04

V1del
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Re: [SOLVED} Unable to launch most Steam games exFat dirve

Did this ever work? Generally speaking you're not going to be able to do much on filesystems without any symlink support. NTFS will likely work fine, especially since you can symlink the proton prefixes away to a linux native filesystem

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#3 2024-05-13 17:32:34

Aho Senpai
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Re: [SOLVED} Unable to launch most Steam games exFat dirve

it used to work, and some games installed (steam and non steam) on the same drive also work fine

but you'd suggest formatting that drive to ntfs? what other fs ?

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#4 2024-05-13 19:36:06

V1del
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Re: [SOLVED} Unable to launch most Steam games exFat dirve

If it used to work you could also just be running into amdgpu (is that your gpu?) issues, in which case you'd try to enable resizable BAR in your UEFI or downgrade to linux 6.8.8

I'm assuming the reason you're using exfat is because this is shared with Windows, with NTFS you can create symlinks for the compatibility folders so those could reside on a linux FS

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#5 2024-05-14 03:15:34

Aho Senpai
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Re: [SOLVED} Unable to launch most Steam games exFat dirve

unfortunately i have a nvidia GPU
and no, i don't really need windows compatibility

do you happen to have a link to some list of which filesystems have symlink support? i couldn't seem to find that anywhere?
nevermind, i found it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compariso … s#Features
seems like ext4 should do just fine?

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#6 2024-05-14 11:30:07

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Re: [SOLVED} Unable to launch most Steam games exFat dirve

Ext4 would work yes.

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#7 2024-05-15 09:33:29

Aho Senpai
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Re: [SOLVED} Unable to launch most Steam games exFat dirve

After backing up the data to another drive, formatting to ext4 and moving over the data, the problem is gone!

Tl;DR : don't use exfat, especially for steam library

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