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       bzadmin - a text based client for BZFlag


       bzadmin      [-help]      [-hide      msgtype[,msgtype]...]      [-show
       msgtype[,msgtype]...]  [-ui  {curses  |  stdboth  |  stdin  |  stdout}]
       callsign[:password]@hostname[:port] [command] [command] ...


       bzadmin is a textbased client for the game BZFlag. It can't be used for
       playing, but it can be used to see when  players  join  and  leave  the
       game,  to  see  the chat messages, and to send messages and commands to
       the server, as well as see several other vital game messages.

       When you start bzadmin without any  command  line  options  other  than
       callsign  and  hostname  a  simple  curses-based user interface will be
       started  (unless  you  built  bzadmin  without  curses  support).  This
       interface  is  divided  into three rectangles; the output window (which
       covers almost all of the terminal), the target window,  and  the  input

       The output window is where messages from the server will be shown.

       The  target  window shows the name of the player that will receive your
       next message, or 'all' if it will be a public message.  You can  change
       target by using the left and right arrow keys.

       The  input window is where you type your messages. It also supports tab
       completion of commands and callsigns. You can clear  the  input  window
       with  the  key combination Ctrl-U, and you can generate a /kick command
       for the current target with the F5 key (if  the  current  target  is  a
       player).  You  can  also  generate a ban command for the current target
       with the F6 key, but this only works if you are an admin and the server
       has  sent  you  that players IP address (as a response to a /playerlist

       The curses user interface also has a simple menu system where  you  can
       edit  the server variables (if you are an admin) and see a player list.
       If you are an admin you can also see the IP  addresses  in  the  player
       list,  if  you  have sent a /playerlist command. The menu shows up when
       you hit the F2 key.  It only covers the upper half of  the  screen,  so
       you can still see what's going on in the game. You can navigate through
       the menu with the up and down arrow keys, and  use  the  enter  key  to
       select  submenus  and other menu items. If you hit F2 again the command
       prompt will regain keyboard focus, but the menu will still be  visible.
       If you hit F2 a third time the menu will go away.

              -help          Show a simple help text.

              -hide msgtype[,msgtype]...
                             Tell bzadmin not to show these message types. The
                             available message types  are  chat,  join,  kill,
                             leave,  pause,  ping,  rabbit,  spawn,  time, and
                             over. By default chat, join, kill, leave,  pause,
                             and  rabbit  are  shown. You can also change this
                             while bzadmin is running with the commands  /show
                             <msgtype>  and  /hide  <msgtype>,  and  from  the
                             curses menu.

              -show msgtype[,msgtype]...
                             Tell bzadmin to show  these  message  types.  See
                             -hide for a list of available message types. If a
                             message type is listed both in -show and -hide it
                             will not be shown.

              -ui {curses | stdboth | stdin | stdout}
                             Select  the  user  interface  that  you want. The
                             curses  interface  is  the  default,  and  it  is
                             described above.
                             The  stdin interface reads user commands from the
                             standard in stream and sends them to the  server.
                             All server output is ignored.
                             The  stdout interface prints all server output to
                             the standard  out  stream.   All  user  input  is
                             The  stdboth  interface is a combination of stdin
                             and stdout -  it  prints  server  output  to  the
                             standard out stream, and reads user commands from
                             the standard in stream.

                             Specifies the callsign that you want your  client
                             to  use, and the hostname where the BZFlag server
                             is. The port number is optional, and the  default
                             value is 5154.

              command        You  can specify messages and commands to send to
                             the server on  the  command  line.  BZAdmin  will
                             continue  running  after  sending  the  specified

              bzadmin admin@localhost:5154
                             Join the game on localhost, port 5154, using  the
                             callsign 'admin'.

              bzadmin admin@localhost '/passwd secretpass' '/ban'
                             Connect to the server at localhost and ban the IP

              bzadmin -ui stdout spy@bzserver.xy | grep magicword
                             Connect  to  bzserver.xy  and  print  all  server
                             messages that contain 'magicword'.


       bzfs(6), bzflag(6), bzw(5)