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Linux Quake 2 Server Guide

Linux Quake 2 Server Guide
Last updated Thursday, December 02, 1999
By William Gall

This guides sole purpose is to help get a Linux Quake 2 server running without much hassle.  Being a newbie to the Linux world myself, I welcome any suggestions or hints and tricks that realy hardcore Linux users are sitting on.  If you have any constructive critisizm please feel free to let me know.  bill@3dgw.com.

This guide will assume you are running redhat and have some working knowledge of Linux.  I will also require that you know how to copy files from your Windows machine to your linux box either via Samba or FTP.

The first step is to get Quake 2 installed on the Linux machine itself.   I cheated on mine and used ftp to copy my Quake 2 installation from my Windows machine.  After Quake 2 is on the Linux machine we will need to install the latest Linux Updates which can be obtained from ftp://ftp.idsoftware.com/idstuff/quake2/unix/   Redhat should know that the RPM packages assume you have Quake 2 installed in /usr/local/games/quake2 directory.  To install the glibc version you will also have to use the --nodeps flag or the installtion will fail unless you have glide installed which we don't need because we are running a server.  simply install the 3.20 patch with the following command line:

rpm -i --nodeps quake2-3.20-glibc-6.i386.rpm

You will also want to install the screen utility so you can log out with your Q2 server running


Then make a text file that contains the following and call it lith:

cd /usr/local/games/quake2
screen ./quake2 +set dedicated 1 +set game lithium +exec server.cfg

After you have created your script to start the server you need to do a:

chmod +x lith

This will make it exacutable.

run the script. Once run you can hit ctrl+a and then ctrl+d and then exit the shell leaving your lithium server running.

To get back to the console later you simply type:

screen -r

at the command prompt and you are back at the controls of your Quake 2 server.

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