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I'm running Steam for Linux (native, not Wine) on Ubuntu 12.10 32 bits. Since the last Steam update, it doesn't work anymore. Instead of starting, it pops a terminal claiming that it needs to install an additional package. Unfortunately, the operation doesn't work. Here's the output:

Steam needs to install these additional packages: 
    steam-launcher
[sudo] password for tvuillemin: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package steam-launcher
Press return to continue: 

My OS is up-to-date. I tried to reinstall Steam both from the Ubuntu Software Center and from the Steam website, but I got precisely the same error. I also looked for a repository with this package, but I didn't find anything relevant.

Any clue? Thanks in advance.

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see this github issue. They solved and closed the issue 40 minutes ago. It can take some time until the fix gets in the ubuntu packages. –  phipsalabim Feb 23 '13 at 22:27
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Try to update your sources first:

sudo apt-get update

And then try again or search for steam-launcher in the Software Center for example.

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Many people is facing this issue, including me. However, a linux steam user has found a "solution".

You can go to this website and locate the topic Steam breaks on last update

Using their solution you will have to delete a few files and reinstall steam. It is not an elegant solution but it worked for me.

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