When I try to install Bioshock Infinite (for example), on the game installation page, it says that I have 12846MB available, but if I look at my Steam library folders through Settings > Downloads > Steam Library Folders, it says that I have 13.48GB of space remaining. How do I correct this disparity in remaining space being reported?

I have Steam installed under the latest version of wine, on the latest version of Manjaro Linux (amd_64).


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Steam probably displays in mebibytes (1024 kibibytes per mebibyte) and your file manager in megabytes (1000 kilobytes per megabyte).

Converting 12846MiBs to MBs give us 13470MBs, which is just a bit less than the space you have available, but with cache usage and stuff like that, the storage you have free might fluctuate, causing steam to think that you can't install the game.

The solution is to clear up your drive a bit (and as you're on manjaro, try out pacman -Sc, which will allow you to clear old versions of the packages you have installed).

  • You know what, that's proabably the issue. I'll get around to allocating more space to my Linux partition then.
    – Artillect
    Jan 1, 2018 at 21:29
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    You're three degrees off in your unit conversions... Jan 2, 2018 at 1:06
  • @JohnDvorak oops, my bad. Someone fixed them now.
    – ave
    Jan 2, 2018 at 6:57
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    Have you switched the numbers? It should always be x/MB > x/MiB for any positive x. Jan 2, 2018 at 8:32

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