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Old 06-15-2008, 10:39 AM   #1
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using screen command as a service


You may have heard about the awesome game called ttd and its open source clone OpenTTD. I myself like it a great deal and in doing so, I also have a server running, so me and my friends can enjoy our transport enterprises online. So when I want to start a server I:

connect to the server via putty or ssh

openttd -D
load savegame.sav (in the openttd shell)
C-a d (detach)

and I have my server running, and whenever I want to load a different map, I simply reattach the screen:

screen -r

and load what ever I want.

The benefit of this method is clear; when I close putty (or ssh connection), the openttd server keeps running. The downside however is that each time my server machine boots I have to manually start the server, wich just isnt very nice (not that it boots much, but still). What I want is actually a script wich starts at boot up (which I know how to make) and starts screen with the openttd command in it, which is what I have been unable to find out how to do up to this point. Google searches turned up little (screen is a rather ambiguous word at that) and in pure acts time management, I decided to dig up my old account here and hope, that a person with (far) greater experience than me, could help me out with this problem.

Thanks for any of your help in advance,


Last edited by disbeliever; 06-15-2008 at 10:40 AM.
Old 06-16-2008, 04:56 AM   #2
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this should be ok:

screen -d -m -S TTDsession

-d -m = will start the session in "detached" mode

-S = is your session name

to attach to it (in case there are other screen session running
for the same user):

screen -R TTDsession
screen -x TTDsession

(i do this all the time for bittorrent cli sessions. ).



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