Solvedsteam for linux Steam fails to start on new account because of outdated libxcb

Your system information

  • Steam client version:
  • Distribution (e.g. Ubuntu): Debian 9 stretch
  • Opted into Steam client beta?: [Yes/No] No
  • Have you checked for system updates?: [Yes/No] No

Please describe your issue in as much detail as possible:

Fresh install of steam does not start up:

lumag@lothlorien:~$ rm -rf .steam* .local/share/Steam/
lumag@lothlorien:~$ steam
Setting up Steam content in /home/lumag/.local/share/Steam
/home/lumag/.local/share/Steam/ line 154: VERSION_ID: unbound variable
/home/lumag/.local/share/Steam/ line 154: VERSION_ID: unbound variable
Running Steam on debian  64-bit
/home/lumag/.local/share/Steam/ line 154: VERSION_ID: unbound variable
STEAM_RUNTIME is enabled automatically
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(0)
/home/lumag/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ undefined symbol: xcb_send_request_with_fds
/home/lumag/.local/share/Steam/ line 444: no match: ssfn*

Steam installer presents EULA, then fails to start/download after accepting the license.

Removing ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ allows steam client to start downloading update package.

Steps for reproducing this issue:

  1. Start with a fresh clean Linux account
  2. Execute steam
  3. Accept EULA
  4. Fail
40 Answers

✔️Accepted Answer

LD_PRELOAD='/usr/$LIB/ /usr/$LIB/ /usr/$LIB/ /usr/$LIB/' /usr/bin/steam worked for me... you have to run this command to get lib paths before running steam

Other Answers:

Same issue.
Removing ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ fixed it.

Same error message on Ubuntu 18.04.
Same workaround works after upgrading to Ubuntu 18.04.

Removing ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ fixed it for me as well. Using Ubuntu 17.

Any news on this? This is now also a problem on Ubuntu 17

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