Crashing in Ubuntu 16.04 when using Steam

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Titans-icon.png Crashing in Ubuntu 16.04 when using Steam

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Launching PA in Steam while running Ubuntu 16.04 or any other distribution with alsa-lib 1.1.0 or higher causes PA to crash. This is actually due to an issue with the libasound.so.2 library that is distributed with Steam.

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Until this is fixed by Steam, you can use a workaround be starting Steam in Ubuntu 16.04 in the following manner:

LD_PRELOAD="/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libasound.so.2:/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libasound.so.2" steam

For other distributions, change the path to libasound.so.2 accordingly.