Battlefield: 1942 v1.6 Full Server [Linux] RC2

This is the full version of the v1.6 RC 2 dedicated server...

Battlefield: 1942 v1.6 Full Server [Linux] RC2

This is the full version of the v1.6 RC 2 dedicated server for the Linux platform to run Battlefield: 1942. See Installation details in more information.

Release notes: Battlefield 1942 free dedicated Linux server version 1.6

Battlefield 1942 is a registered trademark of Digital Illusions CE AB.

(c) 2000-2004 Digital Illusions CE AB

Quick start


- Run the server installer and follow the instructions.


Please note that if you choose to install the server over an existing

installation the existing installation directory will be removed!


$ sh

- Modify mods/bf1942/settings/serversettings.con to your taste.


$ cd /path/to/installation/bf1942

$ vi mods/bf1942/settings/serversettings.con

- Modify mods/bf1942/settings/maplist.con to your taste.


$ cd /path/to/installation/bf1942

$ vi mods/bf1942/settings/serversettings.con


Please see the information below to understand the new map list format.

- Run the server from within the top-level directory by typing

./ [arguments] from a shell.


$ cd /path/to/installation/bf1942

$ ./ +statusMonitor 1

- If you are starting the server from a remote connection you will need to

encapsulate it inside a "screen" session to let it stay behind when you log

out from the shell.

Example (to start the server):

$ cd /path/to/installation/bf1942

$ screen ./ +statusMonitor 1

Now press Ctrl-A followed by Ctrl-D to detach the screen session, leaving it

running in the background. You can now log out without affecting the server.

Example (to reconnect to the server status monitor):

$ screen -r

Please see the man page for screen to learn more about what it can do.

More information

Welcome to the Battlefield 1942 dedicated server. For patch-specific

information please refer to the generic read me file included with both the

Linux and win32 distributions.

For discussion with the developers and other users of this server please

subscribe to the bf1942 mailing list. To join the list, send a message to

and follow the instructions given to you in the


If you prefer to use a forum, there is one set up at the distribution site for

the open beta series at . You can report bugs

both in the forum and on the mailing list. Please don't send bug reports in

private mail, use the forum or the list instead.

DICE would like to thank Ryan C. Gordon for his work on the earlier Linux

releases and the bf1942 Linux community for their test feedback, bug reports

and patience.

The file case confusion problem solved

The 1.6 Linux server will read lower-case filenames ONLY. All file names

encountered at runtime are lower-cased before a filesystem access is

attempted. You should therefore make sure all files are lower-case when

installing third-party modifications and maps.

To aid you with this there is an included bourne shell script called which recursively changes the case of files and directories from

the directory where it's run.

You can simulate the actions of the script with these options:

$ ./ --pretend

When you're certain it looks good run the conversion:

$ ./ --verbose

Map list and +game changes in the 1.6 server

The maplist.con format has changed to allow any combination of mods and game

modes in the same map cycle. Please see the generic read me file for more

information about the format.

This change essentially renders the +game command-line option useless for

dedicated servers and hence it should not be used.

Banning by unique identifiers (CD key hashes)

This release of the dedicated Linux server includes a system to ban players by

their unique CD key hash. The system is similar to the current IP-based

banning system but uses the following new console commands:





Banned player keys are stored together with the IP-based bans in the

banlist.con file. IP-based bans continue to work if you would still like to

use them.

Please note that the PunkBuster system also has a CD key hash banning system

that works separately from the built-in system.

Known issues

To work around bugs in some implementations of pthreads (the standard system

threading library on Linux) the server allows you to explicitly set the stack

size to use for new threads. If you need to change this limit you can do so

with the BF1942_STACKSIZE environment variable by exporting it to the server's


$ export BF1942_STACKSIZE=`expr 4 \* 1024 \* 1024`

$ ./ +statusMonitor 1

This example sets the stack size to four megabytes.

You can also combine the two lines:

$ BF1942_STACKSIZE=`expr 4 \* 1024 \* 1024` ./ +statusMonitor 1

If you see errors about thread creation you might need to use this option.

Option summary

The following options are unique for the Linux server:

+statusMonitor 1

Enables the curses status monitor which enables you to work with the in-game

console directly at the server.

+priorityDaemon 1

Enables sending priority change requests to the external root daemon

(bfpridaemon) which changes the server niceness while loading. Use this option

(and run the external daemon) to reduce the CPU stress when running multiple

servers on the same machine.

The priority daemon itself is distributed as source code and can be found

under the `bfpridaemon' subdirectory of the installation. Use of this code is

at your own risk and there is no warranty what so ever.

Please note that the following options are deprecated and do not effect the

server in any way: +restart, +dedicated and +game.

Have fun with your Linux server!

Andreas Fredriksson

Licensing information

The Battlefield 1942 server is linked with the GNU C and C++ libraries which

are under the LGPL license. By linking dynamically we ensure that you as a

user can use this software with other versions of these libraries.

A statically linked binary also linked with these libraries is supplied purely

for convenience should you not be able to run the dynamically linked binary.

The LGPL license text is included with this release and can be found on the

web at

Please note that the Battlefield 1942 dedicated server itself is not covered

by the LGPL license.

Revision history

Filename: bf1942_lnxded-1.6-rc1.tar.bz2

MD5 sums: 5aed9c067aad5c381b7125ed666f2375 bf1942_lnxded.dynamic

6c6508aae7d61ab7198b78473efd4e18 bf1942_lnxded.static

Version: BF1942 (Ver: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 11:46:25/[email protected])

Release status: First 1.6 release candidate.

Changes: Please see the read me files.

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