I seem to recall there are others here that use OS X, so thought I'd share this.

The other day the Steam client crashed on exit. whee! Actually not the first time, but it has engendered a new symptom. Unless I reboot my MacBook Pro before restarting the client I get a dialog stating it can load due to an instance already running. I've checked the process list and not such things is there, so I'm guessing that some resource isn't getting released now.

I've share some details with Steam, so hopefully some sort resolution will be found. I'm not really willing to reboot my laptop just so I can play
some game the has Steam insinuated into it.

Has any other OS X stumbled across this?

Travis   Admin wrote on 01/23/2013 at 07:53pm

Give this a shot. ClientRegistry.blob likes to get corrupted, and causes all kinds of fun issues.


jdodson   Admin wrote on 01/24/2013 at 01:20am

I have had Steam problems on Mac. Mostly shutting it down and it yelling at me for some reason so I kill the app. Had a much better time with the Linux client all told.

MoonWyrd   Supporter   Post Author wrote on 01/26/2013 at 02:09am

@panickedthumb thanks for the suggestion. alas, it didn't make a difference. :( Hopefully Steam will get back to me soon.

MoonWyrd   Supporter   Post Author wrote on 02/02/2013 at 04:39pm

Well, Thursday I got a reply from Steam :
Please exit Steam and go to the folder Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Steam

Delete all of the files in this folder except for SteamApps and Userdata.

Restart your computer.

Launch Steam and re-test the issue.

Note: This process will not affect your currently installed games.

Note: If you are using Lion please do the following to access your Steam folder:

1. Click "Go" in the menu bar
2. Click "Go to Folder..."
3. Type "~/Library/Application Support/Steam"
4. Click "Go"

This will take you directly to the folder.

This seems to have fixed the problem, at least for now. I've run the Steam client several
times since and played Civ V a few time w/o the problem recurring. Thought I'd update
this in case someone else gets hit by this.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 02/02/2013 at 06:05pm

Whoa nice, thanks! I might try this as I get crashes in Steam as well from time to time.

Travis   Admin wrote on 02/02/2013 at 06:16pm

You'd think going in and deleting everything like that would be bad, but I guess it is smart enough to know what to download. Glad you got it working!

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