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When I try to start Steam nothing happens. Reinstall doesn't help.

$ steam
Running Steam on ubuntu 13.04 64-bit
STEAM_RUNTIME is enabled automatically
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1378500910_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1378500910_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1378500910_client)
unlinked 0 orphaned pipes
removing stale semaphore last operated on by process 7278 with name 0eBlobRegistryMutex_DC7EBB4AEA41D3C6C74E5EFFD6757CEC
removing stale semaphore last operated on by process 7278 with name 0eBlobRegistrySignal_DC7EBB4AEA41D3C6C74E5EFFD6757CEC
removing stale semaphore last operated on by process 7278 with name 0emSteamEngineInstance
removing stale semaphore last operated on by process 7278 with name 0eSteamEngineLock
Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "overlay-scrollbar"
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1378500910_client)
[0913/182910:WARNING:proxy_service.cc(958)] PAC support disabled because there is no system implementation

How to fix it?

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I was having the same problem. To solve it, just delete the .steam/steam/appcache directory. You can do this from the terminal:

rm -Rf ~/.steam/steam/appcache

You have to run this every time you want to start steam until Valve fix this problem.

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    You don't have to remove it manually everytime. Simply write a two line script that does it for you! – Bakuriu Sep 13 '13 at 18:27
  • @tim I don't know why you should to make it everytime... isn't once just enough? – Braiam Sep 13 '13 at 20:12
  • @Braiam every time steam starts afaik the appcache file will be created – Ramchandra Apte Sep 14 '13 at 15:34
  • This folder doesn't exist. Any suggestion for newer versions of Steam? – Jon Bentley Aug 9 '16 at 10:16
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It stopped working 4 hours ago for my part too.

I reinstalled steam even redownloaded dota2, and it still doesn't work. I'm pretty sure that this is a steam related issue... and they will fix it pretty soon I guess.

For the time being, you can bypass this issue by removing $HOME/.steam/steam/appcache.

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For those who cannot solve this issue with the other suggestions on this page, you can go into home/username/.steam/steam/SteamApps/common and all of your game folders will be in there. In each game folder is an executable. Just find the executable and run it to bypass Steam.

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    Is this the same as searching for the game name on the Dash and then running it from there? Because I've noticed that procedure doesn't really bypass Steam, I can see it quickly starts BigPicture Mode and then the game. – Waldir Leoncio Sep 29 '13 at 0:27
  • @WaldirLeoncio No, it is not the same. – Jon Bentley Aug 9 '16 at 10:14

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