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Crashing in Ubuntu 16.04 when using Steam

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Crashing in Ubuntu 16.04 when using Steam

Description

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.

Solution

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.