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Whenever I install steam it won't run, nothing happens when opened. I had Lubuntu but couldn't get steam working to save my life, so I installed Ubuntu that has the exact same problem....

I've been looking all over the place for answers. The most common answer i've found and tried is:

mv ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libgcc_s.so.1{,.disable}
mv ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libs

or along those lines (a few variations). However whenever I do this and try to run steam it says: Updating Steam, and reinstalls what I've just removed and then does nothing again. And stopping the update doesn't seem to help.

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    see this question and the answer... if it works, your question can be closed as a duplicate of that one :) – Zanna Aug 14 '16 at 17:54
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    using: LD_PRELOAD='/usr/$LIB/libstdc++.so.6' DISPLAY=:0 steam made steam run. Thank you!. at least i can run it. but this has to be entered in before every use, editing the steam.desktop file like the solution said did not work for me – Unknown Aug 14 '16 at 18:57
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    Please elaborate us on reinstall what I've just removed part. Steam doesn't install system component what you can remove using apt-get. – Anwar Aug 15 '16 at 6:35
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    Also let us see the content in ~/Steam/bootstrap_log.txt. You can edit your question to include those lines. If it is too big, only include the last section. The sections are separated with line breaks – Anwar Aug 15 '16 at 6:44
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    The answers in the linked question include instructions how to add the LD_PRELOAD environment variable to the desktop starter of Steam. – David Foerster Nov 22 '16 at 14:03