Fix Steam on Ubuntu Without Hassle

While greatly improved since the beta days, Steam on Linux is not perfect yet. After updates, it is often neccessary to fix Steam. You might be familiar with the following error:

SteamUpdateUI: An X Error occurred
X Error of failed request: BadValue (integer parameter out of range for operation)

The problem is caused by the Steam’s bundled libraries. But luckily, the solution is straightforward. All you need to do is to remove them. And to make your life easier, you can make a simple script to handle that. Let’s call it steamfix.sh:

#!/usr/bin/env bash
set -exu

cd $HOME/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu
mv libstdc++.so.6 libstdc++.so.6.bak
cd $HOME/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/amd64/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu
mv libstdc++.so.6 libstdc++.so.6.bak

Don’t forget to make it executable with chmod +x and put it into /usr/local/bin. Now every time your Steam stops running after an update, executing steamfix.sh will make everything alright.

Do you also have a Steam controller? If so, check out how to configure it on Linux.

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