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So I know this is a problem that has been asked around a lot, but I've tried a bunch of solutions with no success. I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 (64 bit), and I just installed it yesterday. This is my first time working with linux.

The error is: You are missing the following 32-bit libraries, and Steam may not run: libc.so.6

Things I've tried. First, I had downloaded from the steam website. I uninstalled it, and tried again from the ubuntu software centre.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
sudo apt-get upgrade

This installed a bunch of the 32 bit libraries, but did not fix the issue. This seems like the major fix for most people. The direct approach of

sudo apt-get install libc.so.6

returns this:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package libc.so.6
E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'libc.so.6'

I guess libc.so.6 isn't a package, just a single file or something? I also tried

gksudo gedit /etc/ld.so.conf.d/steam.conf

Added these two lines, those the second one was all ready in the file, but copied over:


Then executed:

sudo ldconfig

But nothing seemed to happen, steam still doesn't work.

So, I feel like it is more likely that I have the library and steam isn't looking in the right place. One thing I've seen is people usually reference /usr/local/lib/ for your library locations. However, I can't find where to cd into /usr/, it isn't in my home folder. If /usr/ is the home folder, there is only a /.local folder which only has /share, no lib anywhere. Sorry for my linux ignorance.

I appreciate any help, I honestly have no idea how to confirm I have the library and point steam to it, or if that is even the right thing to do.

Edit: Tried this, not entirely sure what it means

~$ ls -l /lib32/libc*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1721832 Sep 30 11:06 /lib32/libc-2.15.so
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  185928 Sep 30 11:06 /lib32/libcidn-2.15.so
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root      15 Sep 30 11:06 /lib32/libcidn.so.1 -> libcidn-2.15.so
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   34316 Sep 30 11:06 /lib32/libcrypt-2.15.so
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root      16 Sep 30 11:06 /lib32/libcrypt.so.1 -> libcrypt-2.15.so
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root      12 Sep 30 11:06 /lib32/libc.so.6 -> libc-2.15.so
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Steam is installable via apt-get at least on Trusty - and it works fine. –  hbdgaf Dec 7 '13 at 21:15
Have you tried sudo apt-get install libc6-i386? –  Balgerda Dec 7 '13 at 21:18
I meant libc6:i386. –  Balgerda Dec 7 '13 at 21:41
Yes Balgerda, I've tried that and it doesn't install anything new. Which I presume means I have the libraries needed, steam just can't find them. –  M_Steam_User Dec 7 '13 at 21:49

4 Answers 4

Can you try this command:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

then retry these commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
sudo apt-get upgrade

Also, you can try

sudo apt-get install libc-bin:i386
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I had the same problem with Steam, and I tried this command for an other problem with my webcam:

sudo apt-get install linux-generic-lts-raring

I had to restart my computer and after this, it worked! I think it was a problem with the kernel, I don't really know what it is, but thanks to the ubuntu coommunity.

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I have found a solution! I simply upgraded to 13.10, and steam installed fine. If you have some reason you must stay on 12.04 64 bit, that isn't much help, but if anyone else stumbles across this, it is my recommendation.

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sudo apt-get install curl 
sudo apt-get install jockey-common
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Can you add more information? –  Seth Dec 11 '13 at 2:32
I don't see how this answer is related to missing i386 libraries for Steam. –  David Foerster Dec 11 '13 at 11:12

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