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    Shell script to copy addon files off my Steam Deck

    After all the primary housekeeping I did in Desktop Mode on my new Steam Deck, there was one more problem I wanted to solve: a better way to copy the SavedVariables directory files off the Deck and into the equivalent folder on my MacBook.

    For those of you who don’t play Elder Scrolls Online, or who do play but don’t play with addons, the SavedVariables directory is one of the directories underneath ESO’s standard install location. On my Mac, ESO gets plunked into the Documents directory, so it’s very easy to find. In that directory is a subdirectory called “live”, and underneath that is “SavedVariables”.

    The SavedVariables directory is where a bunch of user-specific stuff gets saved for how you’ve configured your game. Including any specific setups you’ve done for any addons you’re running.

    Since I typically play on Steam Deck the majority of the time but also semi-regularly play on computer, I wanted a way to keep the SavedVariables directories in both places in sync.

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    Additional housekeeping on the new Steam Deck

    One more post I want to make about the new Steam Deck I’ve acquired: what I’m setting up on it besides the actual games. Because I am the kind of nerd who digs into the Desktop mode on this thing, to take advantage of it being a handheld computer in addition to a gaming console.

    Here are the goals I wanted to accomplish on it:

    1. Making it possible to access the device from my computer, both via the command line and via a VNC connection
    2. Making it accessible not only by an IP address assigned to it from our house DHCP server, but also via its hostname
    3. Making arrangements to have any installations I did persist through the next time Valve does an OS update on it
    4. Implementing a backup solution, to account for the same critical files I pulled off of its predecessor

    Deets on what I’ve done tonight behind the fold.