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    Question Sometimes Steam runs

    I have this weird problem with Steam that sometimes it runs normally and most of the time it doesnt.
    I have investigated this problem for a couple of days now with 5+ fresh installs from the openSUSE 13.2 64 DVD.
    Here are my results:
    Fresh install from 64 DVD with KDE, update, reboot, add packman, games, nvidia (gt430), install codecs, add user to video group, reboot.
    Install Steam and run. Works fine! Play a game.
    Exit Steam, restart/poweroff and i get an GUI error that Steam couldnt connect to X. Next try and gui error is not shown but in terminal shows same X error.
    Using runtime 0, gives me some lib problems that after I fix give same results.
    After a day or two Steam will just run, no problems. Work for that login and any exit or reboot will be a lottery.
    This happens regardless of whether or not these factors are included:
    Add user to games and audio group, turn off desktop effects, set nvidia-xconfig, set resolution and refresh rate from driver from auto to defaults, customise themes, fonts and other KDE related stuff.
    And now the odd thing, one of my many install I went with GNOME and DIDN'T experience any problems running steam, same PC, same drivers, same config.
    What can cause Steam to run once in 3~4 days on my machine?
    VERBA VOLANT, SCRIPTA MANENT

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    Default Re: Sometimes Steam runs

    Hi.

    I have used Steam quite a lot but never experienced that one; I have two computers both on OS 13.1 with KDE running Steam, one through wine.

    Could there be any processes running which were supposed to shut down when Steam was closed, but didn't? KDE related then, if Steam on GNOME works fine.
    OpenSuSE 13.1, KDE 4.11.5, 64bit
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    Default Re: Sometimes Steam runs

    I have to install GNOME again and mess with it to see if it will stop working in that DE. Its either KDE or something with nvidia/x.
    Today I did another install of KDE played a game and now it wont run.
    Code:
    :~> steamRunning Steam on   64-bit
    STEAM_RUNTIME is enabled automatically
    Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1422054110_client)
    No protocol specified
    No protocol specified
    Assert( Assertion Failed: Could not open connection to X ):/home/buildbot/buildslave_steam/steam_rel_client_ubuntu12_linux/build/src/steamexe/./updateui_xwin.cpp:343
    
    
    Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1422054110)
    sh: /home/slk/.local/share/Steam/steam_msg.sh: No such file or directory
    Uploading dump (out-of-process) [proxy '']
    /tmp/dumps/assert_20150204181748_3.dmp
    ILocalize::AddFile() failed to load file "public/steambootstrapper_english.txt".
    [2015-02-04 18:17:48] Startup - updater built Aug 26 2014 15:35:42
    /home/buildbot/buildslave_steam/steam_rel_client_ubuntu12_linux/build/src/steamexe/./updateui_xwin.cpp (343) : Assertion Failed: Could not open connection to X
    /home/buildbot/buildslave_steam/steam_rel_client_ubuntu12_linux/build/src/steamexe/./main.cpp (507) : Assertion Failed: failed to initialize update status ui, or create initial window
    mv: cannot stat ‘/home/slk/.steam/registry.vdf’: No such file or directory
    Installing bootstrap /home/slk/.local/share/Steam/bootstrap.tar.xz
    Reset complete!
    Restarting Steam by request...
    Running Steam on   64-bit
    STEAM_RUNTIME has been set by the user to: /home/slk/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime
    Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1422054110_client)
    No protocol specified
    No protocol specified
    Assert( Assertion Failed: Could not open connection to X ):/home/buildbot/buildslave_steam/steam_rel_client_ubuntu12_linux/build/src/steamexe/./updateui_xwin.cpp:343
    
    
    Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1422054110)
    sh: /home/slk/.local/share/Steam/steam_msg.sh: No such file or directory
    Uploading dump (out-of-process) [proxy '']
    /tmp/dumps/assert_20150204181749_3.dmp
    ILocalize::AddFile() failed to load file "public/steambootstrapper_english.txt".
    [2015-02-04 18:17:49] Startup - updater built Aug 26 2014 15:35:42
    /home/buildbot/buildslave_steam/steam_rel_client_ubuntu12_linux/build/src/steamexe/./updateui_xwin.cpp (343) : Assertion Failed: Could not open connection to X
    /home/buildbot/buildslave_steam/steam_rel_client_ubuntu12_linux/build/src/steamexe/./main.cpp (507) : Assertion Failed: failed to initialize update status ui, or create initial window
    Finished uploading minidump (out-of-process): success = yes
    response: CrashID=bp-f469e692-b7fb-4828-b921-28fb72150204
    Finished uploading minidump (out-of-process): success = yes
    response: CrashID=bp-6e41c024-c528-497e-9769-d3d2b2150204
    I havent installed any additional software or made any changes post Steam installation and the first time it run. No clue what process can be related.
    Never had this issues on 13.1, this is 13.2
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    Default Re: Sometimes Steam runs

    So just now after 3 hours i power on my PC doubleclick Steam and i starts. It unpacks, deletes my login and games but it starts. I have backups of games because this happens a lot.
    Anyone has any ideas? Im open for anything at this point.
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    Default Re: Sometimes Steam runs

    When you reinstalled 5+ times, did you reuse your home partition or did you reformat all partitions?

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    Default Re: Sometimes Steam runs

    Quote Originally Posted by yourimatthys View Post
    When you reinstalled 5+ times, did you reuse your home partition or did you reformat all partitions?
    Reused /home but deleted all system files and folders
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    Default Re: Sometimes Steam runs

    Update in my progress,
    after consulting with the fine folk in #suse irc i have managed to make this issue reproducible but still not solved.
    After enabling ssh and running
    Code:
    ssh -X localhost
    Steam can run every time from terminal, shortcuts still give X error.
    Another drawback is that every time it is started it unpacks the runtime and deletes steam userdata and games installed.
    My next test will be to install GNOME and see if this bug exists (last time i had no problems for days). After that if all else fails I will do a full format of home and try again
    VERBA VOLANT, SCRIPTA MANENT

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    Default Re: Sometimes Steam runs

    Last night I installed 13.2 64 GNOME from DVD, did updates, codecs, nvidia(added video group), and last Steam which is working normally every time.
    Same install process and medium as KDE but different behavior.
    type command shows
    Code:
    ~> type -a steam
    steam is /usr/bin/steam
    steam is /usr/bin/X11/steam
    same as KDE
    All hardware is the same, didnt format /home but deleted all *. files and folders
    I have no explanation for this
    VERBA VOLANT, SCRIPTA MANENT

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    Default Re: Sometimes Steam runs

    I suppose you kept the steam dirs in your home directory?
    Maybe it could be some initialising settings there which conflicts with KDE? I don't know.

    If your'e not too fed up with testing, you could try to create a new test user in KDE and then create a fresh steam set-up there?
    And see how that goes.
    OpenSuSE 13.1, KDE 4.11.5, 64bit
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    Default Re: Sometimes Steam runs

    Quote Originally Posted by F_Sauce View Post
    I suppose you kept the steam dirs in your home directory?
    Maybe it could be some initialising settings there which conflicts with KDE? I don't know.

    If your'e not too fed up with testing, you could try to create a new test user in KDE and then create a fresh steam set-up there?
    And see how that goes.
    I always delete all hidden files and folders when doing a install including .Steam and .local/Steam.
    I dont hate GNOME but I will test KDE so i can come back to my favorite DE, found more people in ##opensuse-steam with similar problems.
    Will report here, thx for replying
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