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Install: Linux (Rev. 2)

Welcome at the Linux srcds installation tutorial. Here we will explain how to get a Source Dedicated Server running on linux. We assume you have enough Linux knowledge to download, run files etc.

After running ./hldsupdatetool.bin it will ask if you agree with the terms of conditions, a simple yes will extract the steam update file!

1) Getting started with HLDSUpdatetool

First of all download hldsupdatetool from the VALVe webserver. Make a dir called srcds_l, and save hldsupdatetool in that dir and run it. (Check this out when you have an uncompress error.)

mkdir srcds_l
cd srcds_l
chmod +x hldsupdatetool.bin

The new version of HLDSUpdateTool will be downloaded now. You will be returned to the console after its done.

2) Downloading the files

We can start downloading the files. This can take a few hours depending on the connection the server uses.
./steam -command update -game "Counter-Strike Source" -dir .
If you want to install a Half-Life 2 Deathmatch server, use "hl2mp" for the game switch.
Go get yourself a cup of coffee.

3) Starting srcds

First edit (or create) srcds_l/cstrike/cfg/server.cfg like you want it to be. Now we are ready to run the srcds.
./srcds_run -console -game cstrike +map de_dust -maxplayers 16 -autoupdate
and press enter. (-game hl2mp if it's a HL2DM server ofcourse)
Your srcds is now up and running.

Extra) Running srcds in background (re-attachable)

We will make a script that will run the srcds in the background in a "screen"
you will need to have screen installed for this. make a file called and put this in:

echo "Starting Cs:Source Server"
sleep 1
screen -A -m -d -S css-server ./srcds_run -console -game cstrike +map de_dust +maxplayers 16 -autoupdate

Save the file, and chmod it to run
chmod +x

If you want to start your server, simply run . It will start your srcd server in the background, to open it type:
screen -x css-server

If you want to close it again press ctrl+a+d, and it will detach the screen and keep it running in the background.

Revision 2: No Login information required anymore.
24 Oct 2004 by Japje

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