[bf1942] Info on the next beta (more features..)

Andreas, Fredriksson andreas.fredriksson at dice.se
Thu Jul 24 04:45:29 EDT 2003

To gain some more popularity I'm also adding a new feature for
many-server-on-one-box which attempts to reduce the lag when
one of the servers starts a new map.

Adding +priorityDaemon 1 to your command line will instruct the
server to send messages to a local root daemon that sits around
changing priorities on request. I'm including the source code
of this daemon with the next release for you to meddle with and
so that you can see what it does (it needs to run as root after
all). Of course you can roll your own daemon if you fell like it.

Basically it works like this:

You start the daemon as root, and it will bind to
After that you can start multiple bf servers with +priorityDaemon 1
and they will have a niceness of 10 when loading, and then default
back to zero once they are ready to accept clients.

This way the loading servers shouldn't impact the playing servers
as much (even though slow disks can wreak havoc anyway).

// Andreas

-----Original Message-----
From: Steven Hartland
To: bf1942 at icculus.org
Sent: 7/24/2003 9:28 AM
Subject: Re: [bf1942] Info on the next beta

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andreas, Fredriksson" <andreas.fredriksson at dice.se>
> with the current implementation of +overlayPath logs are written
> to the Logs/ subdirectory of the overlayed path. So in essence:
> $ cd /usr/local/games/bf1942-server
> $ ./start.sh +overlayPath ~/user-bf +statusMonitor 1
> will make the XML and the (fairly useless) BfLog file end up in
> ~/bf-local/Logs/. A global log directory for all instances doesn't
> make sense in my opinion because of the world or group write
> permissions required to use it.
> If you really, really want it you can of course symlink the
> Logs directory of each overlayed structure to point it at a
> global log directory.

In our case its not a global directory but a server instance based
one, but I do know organisations which do. Your example is perfect
where are the current implementation uses "Log" we give the user
access to "logs" a subtle diff. If you have time that's great if not
just add a special case to our BF1942 module which symlinks
logs to Logs so no biggy you've done the killer with +overlayPath
which we will all love you forever for :).


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