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       bubbros-server - the bub-n-bros server.


       bubbros-server [ level-file.bin ] [options]


       bubbros-server  starts  an http server that acts as a control panel for
       the server. The server listens on port 8000 by default. The url for the
       control  panel  is  http://server:port/0xN  where  0xN  is a random hex
       number (acts as minimal protection).  This  url  is  printed  when  the
       server  starts.   You can start and view games and kill the server from
       this panel. The control panel also allows you to type in the address of
       a  server  to  connect  to,  the script will then open a client to that
       server. The http server also servers  java  applet  clients  for  those
       players who wish to use one.

       When  a  game  is  started the script opens a port for the game server.
       This port can then be connected to by  a  client.   Clients  autodetect
       servers running on the local network with UDP ping on port 8056.

   Connection forming
       The  client  forms  a  tcp connection to the server. Or, when using the
       metaserver, the server forms a connection to the client. If this fails,
       the  client  and  server try a simultaneous SYN connect. This sometimes
       works if the server and client are behind firewalls.  The  server  then
       tries  to  transmit  the data over udp. If it gets no response from the
       client it will fall back to the existing tcp connection.


       -b N, --begin N, --start N
              Start at board (level) number N.  The default is 1. See also the
              -s option.

       -h, --help
              Display help.

       -i, --infinite
              Restart  the  server at the end of the game. Normally the server
              quits after a certain period of inactivity. This is useful  when
              used  with  the  -m  option  to  make  a  public  server that is
              available for a long time.

       -l N, --lives N
              Limit number of lives to N.  If this option is not specified the
              number of lives will be infinite.

       -m, --metaserver
              Register    server    with   the   Metaserver   (currently)   at
       This  makes   your   server   visible   to
              everybody,  and  also  facilitates  joining  through a fascistic

       --port TYPE=N Sets default listening ports. If type is  LISTEN  ,  sets
              the  game  server  port  to  N.   The game server port is chosen
              randomly by default. If the type is HTTP , sets the http  server
              port to N.  The http server port defaults to 8000.  Another port
              will be chosen if none was specified and 8000 is already in use.
              The server also listens to UDP ping on port 8056.

       -s N, --step N
              Increase board number with N when a board is completed. Defaults
              to 1. see also the -b option.


       The server outputs helpful debug information concerning  the  http  and
       game servers.


       bubbros(6) bubbros-client(6)

                               December 7, 2007              bubbros-server(6)