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After I turned down my computer and came back, steam suddenly needed to update, and the games are gone.

I thought the paths to the actual files are gone, as the amount of space that the games take up my partition are still there, as shown by GParted.

So, I decided to reinstall Steam, which would only affect the launcher and leave the games right where they are. But now, I have this issue.

enter code heredpkg: error processing package steam (--configure):
package steam is not ready for configuration
cannot configure (current status `half-installed')
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

How do I fix this problem?

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Try with sudo dpkg-reconfigure steam – user224082 Jun 15 '14 at 2:10
I get /usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure: steam is broken or not fully installed – Flair Jun 15 '14 at 2:16
reinstalling steam should resolve your problem. It does not affect the games you've already downloaded. apt-get remove steam or dpkg -r steam, then apt-get install steam – Jakke Jun 15 '14 at 9:44

GUI way to do it:

  1. Go to software center and click installed on the top
  2. Type steam into the search bar (without qoutes and spaces)
  3. Click show technical items on the bottom
  4. Delete all versions of Steam
  5. Reinstall Steam NOT using the command line sudo apt-get install steam

Official steam (at my current date Jan 9 2015) was named steam (steam-launcher)

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