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LAN Server

Post by Sniper752 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:40 pm

So lately, I've been playing a lot of BZF with some friends on my LAN. Problem is, I'd like to be able to use regular server commands to change bullet speed and other variables. Anyone know how I might go about doing that?
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Re: LAN Server

Post by alezakos » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:23 pm

The easiest way to do that is use the `-password` command-line option. E.g:

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bzfs -passwd 123456
Then, when you open BZFlag and connect to the server, type `/password 123456` in the console to be able to use all slash commands.

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Re: LAN Server

Post by mahem1 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:27 pm

alezakos wrote:The easiest way to do that is use the `-password` command-line option. E.g:
The problem is that anyone who can read logs or guess your password now has admin access. Which isn't to bad if this just a local server.
What would be idle would be to use a local group, but I believe that those are obsolete.
The best way is to set up a global group and then just include the permissions file when starting your server .http://wiki.bzflag.org/Setting_up_a_group_file
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Re: LAN Server

Post by blast » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:50 pm

Local groups still work, but they still require global authentication to work.
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Re: LAN Server

Post by Sniper752 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:57 pm

Well, alezakos' idea seems like the easiet, but I'm not figuring it out. Do I type that in the map file? or like in a terminal window? (btw i'm on MacOS) If its the map file, where in the file? if its in the terminal, what directory do I need to be in? and what command?
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Re: LAN Server

Post by JeffM » Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:28 pm

-password is a command line option, you enter it when you start bzfs

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Re: LAN Server

Post by alezakos » Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:45 pm

Sniper752 wrote:Well, alezakos' idea seems like the easiet, but I'm not figuring it out. Do I type that in the map file? or like in a terminal window? (btw i'm on MacOS) If its the map file, where in the file? if its in the terminal, what directory do I need to be in? and what command?
Do you run your bzflag server from within bzflag (start server option) or do you use the terminal?

Here is what you can do: Open a terminal, then type `cd /directory/of/your/map/file/here` (change to the directory of your map file) and press enter. After that, type bzfs -world file_name.bzw (change to the name of your map). Then add any of the options found at http://wiki.bzflag.org/BZFS_Command_Line_Options you want. (The ones you're going to use are probably going to use are -c +f good -fb -ms 5 +s 20). Then add -password YOUR_PASSWORD. So, you should have:

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bzfs -world filename.bzw -c +f good -fb -ms 5 +s 20 -passwd YOUR_PASSWORD
Press Enter and connect to your new server.

And if you want to permanently change variables, change your map file by adding the following to it:

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options
    -set _tankSpeed 36
    -set _shotSpeed 120
end
Change whatever is after -set to the name and the value of the variables you want to change.

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Re: LAN Server

Post by Sniper752 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:18 pm

normally I start my server through the client GUI, though I have started it through terminal before a long time ago (and I remember it took me a day or to to figure it out)
So my map is in user/bzworlds/quickshot.bzw
in terminal I typed:

cd bzworlds

then

bzfs -quickshot.bzw -passwd 123

It keeps saying that "bzfs" is an unknown command
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Re: LAN Server

Post by alezakos » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:54 pm

First of all, you should -world quickshot.bzw, not -quickshot.bzw. As for the unknown command, I can't help you since you're on a Mac. Try /path/to/bzfs -quickshot.bzw -passwd 123, changing /path/to/bzfs with the path to the bzfs application

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Re: LAN Server

Post by macsforme » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:03 pm

You will want to specify the full path to bzfs and the full path to your world file. Something like:

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/Applications/BZFlag-2.4.2.app/Contents/MacOSX/bzfs -world ~/user/bzworlds/quickshot.bzw -password 123456

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Re: LAN Server

Post by Sniper752 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:56 am

ok, but I need a command to type in before that so it knows what to do with the paths and variables i typed in. And what directory do i need to be in when i type this in?
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Re: LAN Server

Post by joevano » Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:40 am

Not sure what you mean by your reference to a command before this to type in. You can type that command in directly "as is" in any directory and it will start your bzflag server as long as your bzflag version is 2.4.2 and it is in you applications folder AND your map file is in your home directory in usr/worlds. If that is not the case adjust the "/Applications/BZFlag-2.4.2.app/Contents/MacOSX/bzfs" and "~/user/bzworlds/quickshot.bzw" accordingly.

PS. the "~" is a shortcut that means "the currently logged in users home (personal) directory, usually something like /home/<username>"
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Re: LAN Server

Post by Sniper752 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:43 pm

Ok, I think I was typing the paths wrong earlier... Got it now. Thanks!
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