As you may know, Steam recently released an OS X version. This would probably not have prompted any immediate action on my part if it weren’t for the fact that, until May 24, Portal is free! Unfortunately, I was treated to the following dialog on launch:
Steam requires that /Applications/Games/Steam.app/Contents/MacOS be created on a case insensitive filesystem, with read-write access.
Really!? It seems very odd to me that case insensitivity would be a requirement for any semi-decently written program. I hope they get this fixed soon, but until then you can try what I did (though the instructions below come with no guarantee, blah blah blah). I have now successfully played Portal on my computer, so it works to some degree.
- Open Disk Utility and create a disk image (Cmd-Opt-N).
- Name it anything, say Steam-insensitive.
- For the name (of the mounted volume) I chose Steam.
- Make it large (games are big). You can resize later with hdiutil, but why?
- Keep the default Mac OS Extended (it’s case-insensitive).
- Keep the defaults No Encryption and Single Partition.
- I chose a sparse disk image so that it only take up as much actual disk space as is used on the image.
- Create the image.
- Mount the volume (double-click the disk image file).
- Copy Steam.app onto it the volume (named Steam in my case).
- Open Terminal.app and run the following (with appropriate changes if any).
- For bonus points create an alias to Steam.app (Cmd-Opt-drag). This should mount the disk image and launch the application in one go.
- Launch Steam and enjoy.
# In case you ran Steam already... rmdir ~/Library/'Application Support'/Steam rmdir ~/Documents/'Steam Content' # Case insensitive versions mkdir /Volumes/Steam/$USER-app-support/ mkdir /Volumes/Steam/$USER-steam-content/ ln -s /Volumes/Steam/$USER-app-support/ ~/Library/'Application Support'/Steam ln -s /Volumes/Steam/$USER-steam-content/ ~/Documents/'Steam Content' echo "Feel smug that you haven't sold your soul. Yet." ln -s /Volumes/Steam /Volumes/steam echo Shudder visibly sudo ln -s /Volumes /volumes echo Commit ritual suicide for such a hideous affront to nature
I suspect it may be necessary to create the Steam -> steam link every time you login or shutdown. If so it sounds like a job for Folder Action Scripts!
If you still have problems, you may want to launch it from Terminal.app as
/Volumes/Steam/Steam.app/Contents/MacOS/steam.sh which is how I noticed that it was trying to create
//volumes [sic]. Of course, if you don’t know how to do that, then the clues it gives you may not mean much either.